Discover Hirado

Discover Hirado, a historically significant Dutch trading post during the colonial era, and an essential location for the rise of Christianity in Japan. The city boasts a number of enchanting Catholic churches and a charming downtown area. Venture further down from the city center to find lovely beaches where you can unwind and soak up the sun.

Things to see and do


Getting around in Hirado

The easiest way to get around in Hirado is by car, since many of the major sights and attractions are not accessible by public transportation. If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from the nearest airport in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Getting to Hirado

Nearest airport: 

The nearest and most convenient airport is Nagasaki Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 2 hours


Car rentals:

How long to stay in Hirado

We recommend staying in Hirado for about one day. 

Hotels in Hirado

Flights to Hirado

The nearest and most convenient airport is Nagasaki Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 2 hours

Seasonal information


The swimming season on mainland Japan is usually between July and August. 


Rice fields:

The best time to visit the rice fields is in May or June although other times of year are also recommended as you will be able to view the fields at different points in the harvesting cycle.

Festivals in Hirado

There are two famous festival in this area. Please be advised that the following info is based upon previous entries of the festival and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
For the exact location of the festivals, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.


  • Hirado Port Summer Festival

    • Date: August 3rd

    • Time: 20:30 - 21:15


  • Tabira Seaside Fireworks Festival

    • Date: August 17th

    • Time: 20:30 - 21:30

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