Get a Sweet Taste of Tradition at the Matsura Historical Museum
A history of sugar trade culminates in sure-to-please sweets
The Matsura Historical Museum in Hirado, Nagasaki is a museum with one sweet history. Step back in time as you peruse the eclectic collection of samurai armor, pottery, and carefully preserved maps that form the collection of the Matsura family, whose roots extend back to the late 700s. Experience the intersection of peoples and cultures from around the world as you delve into Nagasaki's rich history of international trade, which brought sugar and other luxuries to Japan.
Reflect on Hirado's long history with a stop at the historic Kanuntei Teahouse, where you'll enjoy a cup of hot tea with two types of traditional Japanese confections selected from among the hundred traditional varieties ordered by the Matsura family over two hundred years ago.
This museum isn't stuck in the past, however. In 2017 they hosted a group of Dutch confectioners who joined forces with their Japanese counterparts to create 24 original confections in a celebration of the rich history of the sugar trade, and future collaborations may be on the horizon. Guests looking to sample these confections may do so by placing an order in advance.
Come to the Matsuura Historical Museum to see history. Stay for a taste of it.
Matsura Historical Museum