About Sasebo City
Sasebo features the Saikai National Park and houses resorts including the Saikai Pearl Sea Resort where visitors can enjoy cruising through the hundreds of islands, try out pearl picking and visit aquariums. Sasebo is also home to one of Japan’s most popular theme parks, Huis Ten Bosch, which is famous for seasonal flower festivals with millions of tulips, roses and hydrangeas, as well as the “Kingdom of Light” illumination show, all of which take place in the spacious park, modeled on a Dutch town. The center of Sasebo City is known for its attractive shopping areas, bars, and food influenced by the presence of the U.S. Navy base. The traditional Mikawachi-Yaki pottery town is located about half an hour’s drive from the city.
Kujukushima（ Ninety-Nine Islands）
Although called Kujukushima (lit. 99 Islands and referring to the fact that there are so many) there are approximately 208 small islands in the area.
Located inside the Saikai National Park, the area has been registered in the “Most Beautiful
Bays in the World” club.
The sparkling, nutrient rich ocean here contains treasures such as pearls and oysters. 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.
Kujukushima Island Cruise (Pearl Sea Resort)
At the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, you can take a cruise on one of the resort’s incredible
“Mirai” is said to have been created with the image of a pirate’s hat in mind and has plenty of
large windows to enjoy the view of the Kujukushima Islands.
“Pearl Queen” is a magnificent white hulled ship with a calming wooden interior – making for a beautiful contrast against the blue waters and green islands.
There is also a 60min yacht sailing experience available. Sail through the 99 Islands on a yacht with an experienced captain who will even let you steer and assist with the sails! Depending on the season, sunset cruises on board one of these yachts or 100min cruises are also available.
Nagushiyama Azalea Festival
The 234-meter peak of Mt. Nagushiyama offers an unbroken view of the Saikai National Park and the northern Kujukushima Islands (99 Islands).
The mountain is located half way between northern Nagasaki’s historical town of Hirado and Sasebo City, the home of Huis Ten Bosch, and can be reached from either in less than an hour.
The view from here created by some 100,000 Kurume azaleas and Hirado azaleas, with the islands in far distance, is nothing short of breathtaking.
Huis Ten Bosch
Huis Ten Bosch is Japan’s largest theme park that takes themes from medieval Europe. The park features a canal which gives visitors a relaxed feel which is close to none.
The park has a lot of charm that you might find it difficult to explore in one day! Aside from the seasonal blooming for flowers, Huis Ten Bosch also has one of the best illumination’s in Japan. There is enough entertainment and attractions that will surely keep visitors excited for the whole day.
Apart from their attractions, there are museums, shops and restaurants in the premises as well as four hotels. Huis Ten Bosch is surely takes everything beyond being a theme park.
Events are held throughout the year and there are always new ones that will surely keep visitors excited for their next visit!
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