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    by gogonicetrip Updated Jun 3, 2007

    Matsuura family built Hinodake Castle on Kameoka hill across Hirado in 1599.
    When going to the Castle from the town, people had to go by ferryboat or long detour because for reasons of defense, no bridge had been constructed.

    In 1669, the ferry service was banished and a wooden bridge called Saiwai-bashi bridge was constructed.

    The bridge was used by many people, and Matsuura family replaced it with an arch-type stone bridge in 1702.
    The stone bridge is called as Dutch Bridge, because the mason Toyosaki who took part in the construction of a Dutch trading post in Hrado at the beginning of the 17th Century learned from Dutchman the technique of building an arch-type bridge and utilized it in construction of the stone bridge.

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    by gogonicetrip Updated Jun 3, 2007

    Hirado Bridge is a suspended bridge connects the island of Hirado and Matsuura-city in Nagasaki-ken.

    It has a main span of 465 meters and total length of 665 meters.

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    by gogonicetrip Updated Jun 3, 2007

    Matsura Historical Museum was established as a foundation in October 1955.
    The Matsura collection, the museum building, and the surrounding garden were donated by Susumu Matsura (1934-1962), the 39th lord of the Matsura house.

    The present structure was originally built in 1893 to serve as the private resistance of the Matsura family and was known as the “Senzaikaku-Room”.
    The room was originally used as a formal reception room.
    The Matsura collection consist of about 30,000 items handed down in the Matsura family from generation to generation.

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Hirado Off The Beaten Path

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    by Drunken_local69 Updated Jan 8, 2006

    Japan, being an island country consisting of thousands of islands is interconnected with each other by bridges. This is Ikitsuki Bridge which connects Hirado and the small island of Ikitsuki.

    Ikitsuki Bridge
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