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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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  • 其實周邊的山丘好像都滿高的。 把城設計在這裡,或許是因為離其他的山丘有一定的距離? 又能俯瞰整個港口區。 雖然從天神搭到佐世保再過來真的很遠。 
  • At the entrance of the castle is the difference between Castle and watchtower. It is a charming Castle. But are located are not all the same city, overlooking the city of hirado's prospects. I kept firm feel.
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  • Opening hours are from 8:30 up to 5:30 PM. Admission, 510 yen. (More than 9/2016 current) are at the top of the hill from the city, but it wasn't just ban is not. View from the tower is best, and hirado views are quiet relaxed coastal town.
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