The Must-See Spots in Sasebo City (2 Days)

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Enjoy the gourmet and food culture in Sasebo City, and then make good use of trains and buses to expand out to the outskirts. Go to Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort and take a ride on the cruise, or go visit the aquarium and discover the marine animals and plants that are native to the area. Afterwards, take in the magnificient view of Kujukushima (99 islands) from Ishidake Observatory.

・Transportation: Walking, Train (JR), Bus, Taxi

  • Required Time:2days
  • Means of Transportation:On foot, by train, bus, and taxi
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Approx. 10 min. walk from Sasebo Station

【Day 1】Stroll around Yonkacho Shopping Arcade Street

Japan's longest straight-line shopping arcade
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With more than 160 stores, Yokkamachi Shopping Street, spanning seven towns and with a total length of approx. 1 km, lets visitors comfortably enjoy shopping regardless of the weather, and also has a plentiful selection of souvenir stores and restaurants.

Approx. 5 min. walk

【Day 1】Sasebo Burger

Local soul food
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This specialty burger, which is handmade according to each customer's order, is offered at stores in Sasebo City. It is said that it got its start when U.S. Navy officials introduced American recipes, and now there are approx. 30 burger shops scattered around the city.

Approx. 5 min. walk

【Day 1】Sasebo Top Painting Experience

Make your own, original top
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Try your hand at creating a unique design for a Sasebo top, which are hand-made one by one, have a distinctive diamond-shaped iron point for spinning, and have been designated as a traditional Nagasaki Prefecture handicraft.

Approx. 10 min. walk, then approx. 1 hour by train (JR Sasebo Station〜Chiwata Station)

【Day 1】Chiwata Station & Café

A charming café inside an old-fashion station by the sea
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This retro wooden station is located on the edge of Omura Bay with its platform only a few meters away from water.

The sunset view across Omura Bay from the station is particularly attractive, and it is also the perfect spot for photography enthusiasts. In addition to its retro exterior, inside the station itself is a small yet cozy cafe called "Chiwata Shokudo". Run by an incredibly friendly young couple, this cafe is well known for its curry rice (it really is great!), and it is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while you wait for the next train.
Address 859-3928 長崎県東彼杵町平似田郷750-3

Approx. 1 hour by train (JR Chiwata Station〜Sasebo Station), then approx. 10 min. walk

【Day 1】Tunnel Yokocho Shopping Street

The kitchen of Sasebo's citizens
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Tunnel Yokocho is a rare market created from a World War II air shelter, used right as it is. Next door is the Tonoo Market, with its nearly 100 years of history, where shops are lined up selling seafood.

Approx. 5 min. walk

【Day 1】Foreigner's Bar

An overseas atmosphere in Little America
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There are numerous bars in Sasebo that opened for foreign nationals when the U.S. Navy base was established. English and Japanese fill the air, and cheerful laughter is often heard. The bars are cash bars, and some accept payment in dollars.

Approx. 5 min. walk

【Day 1】Stay at Nearby Hotels

Approx. 25 min. by bus (Sasebo Station〜Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort)

【Day 2】Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort

【Day 2】Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort-1
Although called "Kujukushima" (literally translates to “ninety-nine islands” and referring to the fact that there are so many), there are approximately 208 small islands in the area. Located inside Saikai National Park, the area has been registered in the "Most Beautiful Bays in the World" club.

The coast is dotted with observatories and look-outs to admire the scenery and not to mention the shimmering orange sunset display that mother nature puts on here! In fact, the evening view from Ishidake Observatory appeared in the movie “The Last Samurai” as an emblem of Japanese coastal beauty.

At the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, you can ride an excursion boat, try yacht sailing, rent a kayak, or visit the aquarium Umikirara for a closer look at the amazing marine wildlife inhabiting the waters around the islands.
Address 858-0922 長崎県佐世保市鹿子前町1008
TEL 0956-28-4187

Approx. 8 min. by taxi

【Day 2】Ishidake Observatory

An observation spot with a wide, panoramic view of the Kujuku Islands
【Day 2】Ishidake Observatory-1

Located at the top of Mt. Ishidake at an altitude of 191m, this spot provides a great view of the Kujuku Islands. Many people visit for the impressive 360° view and to look at the islands below. The island scenery at the beginning of "The Last Samurai" movie was shot from here.

Approx. 15 min. by taxi

【Day 2】Sasebo Station

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