99 Islands Sssebo Nagasaki Bridge
Sasebo is famous for its 99 islands, but there are surprisingly 208 total. Take a photo of them from every angle by going up to the top of three famous observation decks. Get as high as possible by climbing up the Tenkaiho observation tower stairs, go to leafy Ishidake Observatory for a slightly lower viewpoint or head to the quieter Yumihari Observatory for some prime selfie time.
Three Japanese Women in Kimonos
The shrines in and around Sasebo, visited by the locals, are home to many ceremonies and festivals. Near Huis Ten Bosch, visit the old Kasuga Shrine and the bigger Mijatake Shrine where you can pick up charms. Or head to the seaside and stop at the picturesque Awashima shrine, known for its stunning ocean pathway.
Built as a tribute to the victims of bombs in WWII, Uragashira Hikiage Peace Park and Memorial Museum is a celebration of peace. Learn Nagasaki and Sasebo's history while you walk through the small museum collection. The library holds the records of many Uragashira locals, and the children of survivors often come to see the monument and look for their family name.
Try the crowd-pleasing Sasebo burger, usually topped off with bacon and a fried egg. Each restaurant will entice you with their own top-secret recipe. Indulge in the famous winter-long oyster festival and the traditional izakaya Sasaizumi Shimokyomachi Honten for a unique lunch of crystal squid sashimi and freshly caught fish.
Go to the Yonka-cho traditional shopping arcade where you'll find old stores selling all sorts of crafts and goodies for you to take home. Pick up a handmade Sasebo City spinning top (known as a Sasebo Koma) traditionally used by the nobility. To play, shout out a challenging "Ikinaga shoumon shoukurabe!" and see whose top spins the longest!
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