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Hirado Course

Looking from the jewel-like Port of Hirado, is the transparent sea, and the buildings on the hilltop looking down the anchored ship and port is like a beautiful girl look innocently. With the commercial trading with Portugal and Holland that has started since 1500, Hirado has long been known as ”Capital of West”, and indeed it has a rich history. It has connected with mainland and no longer an island, the current Hirado is the place where you can feel western atmosphere that blends naturally into Japan, and you’ll be tempted to take pictures. The course begins at the harbor and continues up a mild slope behind the town, where you meet with deep forest of Saikai National Park, passing by spacious meadow of about 30 hectares. When you stand at Kawachitoge atop the round hill which almost looks like OLLE of Jeju Island. The breathtaking view of magnificent archipelago spreads out 360 degree before your eyes. After refreshing your body and mind to your heart’s content in cool and wild wind on the hilltop, begin your descent along the road that leads to town. When reach to the steep slope that leads to the old Catholic church (Hirado Xavier memorial church), be sure to look back and take the scenery. You will see the moment of visible composite scene in one frame that campanile of church is over a traditional Japanese Buddhist tower. Hirado Castle, at the hilltop across from the harbor entrance, appears or hides itself depending on the angle, but at times it appears to wave in welcome. It seems to call us to stop by a little after trekking. As you are busy exploring the nostalgic two-story shops to find local specialties, and visiting other tourist spots, before you recognize, you’ll reach your destination, where you can relax in the foot and arm baths. OLLE is harmonized the town full of exotic atmosphere which is different from normal traditional Japanese village and the solemn landscape.

13km
4~5 Hours
Beginner~Intermediate
Hirado City Tourism Department
Hour: 8:30~17:15
Address: 1508-3, Iwanoue-cho, Hirado City
TEL 0950-22-4111

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