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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Matsuura Historical Museum

松浦史料博物館

The Matsuura Historical Museum (Tel: 0950 22 2236) in Hirado is located in the former residence of the Matsuura clan, who controlled the strategic island from the 11th-19th century.

Matsuura Historical Museum Hirado

This interesting museum displays artefacts and family treasures from the Matsuura clan including samurai arms and armor, calligraphy, documents, globes, Dutch ships' figureheads and a palanquin.

Matsuura Historical Museum Kyushu


The museum also includes a lovely garden with many fine wooden buildings and a Japanese teahouse. Inside the main building of the museum is a cafe decorated with 17th century western furnishing and ceramics and a shop. The Matsuura Historical Museum is located up the hill behind the harbor in Hirado town and is a short walk from the grave of William Adams.

Matsuura Historical Museum

Matsuura Historical Museum
859-5152
Nagasaki-ken
Hirado-shi
Kagami-cho 12
Tel: 0950 22 2236
Admission: 500 yen

Hirado's other attractions include William Adam's Memorial at his graveside, Tabira Church, and the English Factory established with the help of Adams.

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