Hello! Here is another report from Hirado, in the north of Nagasaki Prefecture.
Those of you who have been to Hirado have probably been to the Bus & Ferry Terminal in Hirado Harbour. Since old days this has been the place where the ships would arrive in Hirado. After the Hirado Bridge was built, the ferries from Tabira stopped their service but there are still ferries leaving here for the northern islands of Azuchi-Oshima and Takushima. When Hirado Bridge opened it has also become the terminus for busses going to Hirado.
The old bus & ferry terminal was a rather uninspiring concrete block from the sixties. Especially on rainy days it would look drab and was not a good first impression for such a historical town as Hirado. Last year the old building was torn down and a new building was put in place which opened this April. The new building is build in a similar Japanese style like the old houses of Sakigata neighbourhood which is right in front of the terminal. It is bright and pleasant.
More importantly is now also houses not only the transport offices and ticket booths, it also has a tourist information office as well as the desk for the Volunteer Tour Guides. They are local people that can show you around Hirado on foot in 2 hours for just 1500 yen, no matter with how many people you are!
There is also free wifi available and there are a few computers that you can use. Also if you are in town for the day, there are lockers to leave your bags. The toilets are nice and modern and there are tables and chairs to take a break. There is also a large amount of pamphlets and brochures available.
So on your next visit to Hirado, it is a good place to start from when you want to discover the sites of Hirado!