Field of cosmos flowers in Tenkaiho in Sasebo, Japan
JAPAN'S EMERALD ISLANDS

Cruise to Sasaebo, Japan

Centrally placed in the heart of the Nagasaki prefecture, Sasebo is a quaint, romantic town blessed by nature. Hike up Mount Ishidake to take in the scenery from Ishidake Observatory: In the distance, you'll see tiny emerald green islands nestled in the calm bay surrounded by mountain peaks. Stop by one of many festivals and celebrations that happen here throughout the year: Indulge in flavorful oysters during the winter-long oyster festival at the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, or dance with the locals in the yearly, city-wide Yosakoi Sasebo festival held in autumn. Cruise to Sasaebo, Japan and don't miss Huis Ten Bosch, a replica Dutch town with Netherlands-inspired theme park rides that reflects the Kyushu region's heritage as a cultural crossroads.
National Language Japanese
Currency Accepted Japanese Yen (JPY)

Things To Do in Sasaebo

View from the Tenkaiho observatory in Sasebo, Japan

99 Islands in a Day

View from the Tenkaiho observatory in Sasebo, Japan

View from the Tenkaiho observatory in Sasebo, Japan

99 Islands in a Day

The Kujukushima Islands — the name translates to "99 islands," although there are actually 208 — are a beautiful sight to behold. Ranging from tiny to massive, each island features a jagged shoreline, a rocky base and abundant green forestry. See each island up close with a boat tour or view from above at the Tenkai-ho observation deck.

Colorful flowers in the flower road zone inside Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park in Sasebo, Japan

Tulip Fever

Colorful flowers in the flower road zone inside Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park in Sasebo, Japan

Colorful flowers in the flower road zone inside Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park in Sasebo, Japan

Tulip Fever

At the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, you can enjoy recreated Dutch landscapes, buildings, canals and gardens. Celebrating the beneficial relationship between the Netherlands and Japan, the park doubles as a beautiful botanical resort — a different array of flowers blooms each season in rows designed to resemble Dutch tulip fields.

Jellyfish swimming about in Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort
Jellyfish swimming about in Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort

Mother of Pearl

Spend the day at the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort: Explore the aquarium, learn to sail, or take a guided island tour. Learn how to harvest a pearl with a hands-on experience, and check out the Jellyfish Symphony Dome, where you can see jellyfish swim alongside a video, music and light show. During winter, you can taste delicious Kujukushima oysters at the Oyster Festival.

Chicken nanban, deep fried chicken with tartar sauce, Sasebo, Japan
Chicken nanban, deep fried chicken with tartar sauce, Sasebo, Japan

Local Cuisine

An outcome of the town's history as a U.S. naval base, Sasebo Burgers are a delicious fusion of Japanese and Western tastes. Made to order, vendors entice you with topping combos like egg, cheese and bacon. Try other favorites unique to the Kyushu region, like nanban fried chicken brined in vinegar and topped with tartar sauce or Hakata-style ramen with its creamy white broth and chewy, straight noodles.

Lacquer wood boxes and items from Sasebo, Japan
Lacquer wood boxes and items from Sasebo, Japan

Shopping

Near the dock, you'll see Sasebo 5bangai, an air conditioned mall with everything from fashion outlets to trendy restaurants. During your Sasaebo cruise vacation, head to Tonneru Yokocho shopping arcade to see the small shops built in wartime and protected by metal doors. Vendors often sell novelty naval-themed trinkets, traditional kimonos and lacquered wood homeware and decorations.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 The port is in the center of town, and you won't have to walk far to find public transport or a taxi.
2 In Japan, it's considered rude to walk and eat: Stop and finish your food first if you pick up a snack from a street vendor.
3 You can only draw local currency from international ATMs commonly located in 7-11 or Lawson stores.

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