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Hirado Castle, Hirado
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Hirado Castle was the seat of the Matsura clan, the daimyo of Hirado Domain, of Hizen province, Kyūshū. It is located in present-day Hirado city Nagasaki prefecture, Japan. It was also known as Kameoka Castle.DescriptionHirado Castle was built on top of a small, rounded mountainous peninsula facing Hirado Bay, surrounded on three sides by water.HistoryAfter Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s successful conquest of Kyūshū, local warlord Matsura Shigenobu was granted Hirado County and the Iki Island to be his domain. In 1599, Matsura Shigenobu erected a castle called Hinotake-jō on the site of the present-day Hirado Castle. However, he burned the castle down himself in 1613, as a gesture of loyalty towards Shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu, having served in the losing Toyotomi side during the Battle of Sekigahara. In return, he was allowed to retain his position as daimyō of Hirado Domain under the Tokugawa bakufu.The present Hirado Castle was constructed in 1704 by order of the 4th daimyō of Hirado domain, Matsura Takashi with the assistance of the Tokugawa shogunate. It was intended to be the keystone in coastal defense in the East China Sea region, as the government had by then implemented a policy of national seclusion against Western traders and missionaries. The design was partly influenced by the theories of the military strategist Yamaga Soko. The new construction was completed in 1718, and the castle remained home to the Matsura daimyō until the Meiji Restoration of 1868.
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  • Take the bus, "hirado City Hall" to get off at the bus stop, climbed the stairs, went to the Castle. Amazing views of the castle was rebuilt paid 510 Yen admission fee at the ticket counter, through racoon Tower next to the Castle. When you are walking around the Castle near the outside fence of trees were cut. I think perhaps the view from the tower. Had passed when descending from the North gable gate did not pass during the climb up to the Castle, the castle is amazing.
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  • You can also wear armor in. Truly a castle just and helpful. Parking lot away because of dehydration I felt far.
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  • (If you outgrow acrophobia in lonely fences scary) overlooking the sea and houses from the castle the castle itself is small, they can carefully think
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