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“Hirado's gems” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church

Francisco de Xavier Memorial Church
Sydney, Australia
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“Hirado's gems”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2011

Hirado is not exactly on the beaten track for visitors to Japan, but it is a lovely island with an interesting past. As Nagasaki is not so far, and that is one of my favourite destinations in Japan, then Hirado should come into your calculations -- especially if you are already familiar with Japan's better-known places. The island was, centuries ago, the place where Europeans first traded with Japan. Christianity entered Japan through here and almost every small community has a picturesque church. The cathedral has just been renovated and looks splendid. If you bring a car (recommendable), then I suggest you spend a couple of days leisurely drive around the island. It was so green in spring, and the sea around so blue. The local food is excellent and the slower pace of life appealing. But I was also surprised with the high standard of eateries and accommodation, and the well-maintained look of the place. Full of history and naturally beautiful as well.

Visited May 2011
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