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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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  • Hirado Castle is located in Kameoka Koen. Castle is three layers of small ones, but the view from the top floor overlooking the sea around the island of hirado and is very clean. During the Castle exhibited historic of hirado. You can remain Pom turret and jizo Hill Tower, to look around. We have unfortunate rain could still enjoy.
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  • The view from the tower is very clean. On a windy day is important. Match fitness since starting there are two places would be nice.
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  • View good good. It rose to the top because there is a lot of stairs in the movement, but it feels good. Ruminate on the Matsuura. Mother of the Emperor Meiji was born in hirado? What I wonder? In Keiko's been discipline was severe. Hirado bridge Red and clean! (^-^) Is the high level of satisfaction.
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