Sasebo is the second-largest city in Nagasaki prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Sasebo is home to the U.S. Navy base, Fleet Activities Sasebo or Fas, as well as a base for the Japan Self Defense Force.
Sasebo that faces the calm sea blessed with beautiful nature has a wealth of fish and seafood. As such, it has many eateries that offer fresh fish and seafood, and you can savor a variety them throughout the year. Because of the influence of the American naval base, American food arranged in Japanese style is also Sasebo's specialty.
The island of Kujuku with its ria coastline is best for farming fish because of the calm waves created by its landscape. Oyster farming is particularly active, and the oysters in Sasebo are well known for their flavor and quality. The oyster season is between November and March, and you can enjoy them fresh, grilled, in soups, au gratin, etc.
Sea Bream Shabu
Sea bream is also farmed in Kujuku Island, and you can try freshly caught sea bream in restaurants. Fresh sashimi is a fixture, but in Sasebo, Sea Bream Shabu is popular. You dip a slice of sea bream in simmering soup, and once it is cooked, you dip it in a tangy ponzu sauce or sesame sauce.
Lemon Stake is the Japanese version of the stake eaten by the American Navy officers. The beef is thinner than the normal stake, and it is lightly seasoned with soy based seasonings. The flavor of the fresh lemon added at the end brings out the flavors of the stake. It is priced around 1,000 yen to 2,500 yen.
Navy Officer's Beef Stew
A military port was established in 1889 in Sasebo. Heihachiro Togo who was serving as the Commanding Admiral at the time was captivated by beef stew while studying in Britain, and introduced it to Sasebo. This beef stew is the recreation of that dish based on the recipe from that time. You can try it in hotel restaurants and eateries, and it is priced around 700 yen to 2,000 yen.
Hamburger is a household dish all over the world, but in Sasebo, we insist that it is homemade. Some shops bake their own buns, and the burger is grilled after the order is taken. It is priced around 300 yen to 500 yen. Hamburger was introduced to Sasebo in the 1950's by the American Navy handing down its recipe. It is now famous throughout Japan as Sasebo Burger.
Kujuku Islands consist of 208 islands spanning 25km from outside Sasebo Port to Hirado Seto, and the density of the islands are number one in Japan. It is designated as a national sea park along with Hirado Islands and Goto Islands.
Huis Ten Bosch
The waterfront resort is a recreation of the streets of 17th century Holland in a vast 152 square meter plot.
Kenji Jojima Baseball Memorial Hall
Jojima who joined the American major league as the first Japanese catcher is Sasebo’s star baseball player. This museum is a must-see for fans and baseball fans.
The arch bridge across one of Japan's three stormiest currents in Hario Seto was opened in March, 2006. It runs parallel to Saikaibashi Bridge, which was built in 1955, and you can enjoy the view of the two arch bridges. The whirlpools of Seto and the cherry blossoms in the area are spectacular in the springtime.
Saruku City 4O3
The 1km long shopping arcade straddles across seven towns. You can enjoy shopping in an atmosphere filled with the vibes of Sasebo.
Sasebo's famous Asaichi (Morning Market) is packed full of fresh seasonal ingredients from early in the morning. The “Seriichi” (auction) on the 2nd and 4th Saturday each month in which the customer is the main character is also very popular.
Sasebo Zoological and Tropical Botanical Garden
The zoo is on a hilltop with a view of Kujuku Islands. You can see 80 species of animals including elephants, giraffes and lions, and 1,200 species of plants.
There is a network of railways by JR in Japan, but major cities and their suburbs have a well developed network of railways and trains including private lines (trains and railways of private companies), as well as the lines by JR. They are the most convenient means of transport as they are operated on time. By using the JAPAN RAIL PASS issued by JR companies, you can ride even on the arterial railroads Shinkansen that links the major cities speedily and the limited express trains, enabling you to move around Japan at a fixed price during your stay, it is perfect for journeys that require a lot of moving around.
Bus routes cover areas that are not serviced by railways. In most cases, the fare increased according to the distance traveled, but there are buses in urban areas that offer a flat-rate fare within certain bus routes. The last bus runs usually early between 21:00 and 22:00. The express bus that links the cities like the highway bus and the late night bus are also well developed. Although it may take longer to reach your destination compared to other means of transport, it is reasonable as the fares are cheap and you arrive at your destination while you sleep.
Airplanes travel frequently between major cities and link the distance in a short time that may take hours on the railways. In Tokyo (Metropolitan area), Haneda Airport is the base airport for domestic routes. Japan's major airliners including JAL and ANA offer various discount services, and using such bargain tickets could save you a lot of money.
Although a boat journey is time consuming, it becomes cheaper than the airplane by traveling second class if you want to bring your own car to your destination or if you are traveling long distances from the mainland to Kyushu or Hokkaido.