Hirado is a town which served as the first European trading seaport before Dejima in Nagasaki, trading with Holland. In the age of discovery, Hirado, also known as “FIRAND,” was where the sailors aimed on the map. This town became a bridge of the European culture and Japanese culture and flourished through Nanban trading, so there are still a number of historical buildings and sites, including Hirado Castle and Dutch Trading House. The view of both together a temple and a church is such Hirado landscape. Especially, the beautiful Hirado Church of Saint Francis Xavier with its moss green color exterior and spotted churches in the town are also worth seeing as great buildings. Actually, a fifth of Hirado is in Saikai National Park, and the beautiful nature is one of the things they are proud of. The crowned “Hirado flatfish” and “Hirado beef” also can’t be missed.
Hirado city, Nagasaki Prefecture
☎ (Hirado Tourism Association)