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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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  • On a hill just across the center of the hirado. Than building better views and URI might not be. I think even before going to the town since hirado Ohashi bridge, head to the town ago entering Harbor, churches and trading positions, consider walking course.
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  • 去的那天剛好是慶祝天守閣開放週年, 好像是50年?!當天免費進去天守閣. 其實裡面和日本其他城大同小異, 通常都是在山上的, 先要走一段路, 如不想走, 也可以付錢坐電梯. 天守閣裡面也是有一些文物, 介紹等等, 到最上層就是觀景台. 如果不是免費的, 其實沒有打算進去. 在外面拍拍照片罷了. 
  • 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。