There are a ton of things to do in Sasebo. One of the main highlights of the city is, of course, the Sakai National Park 99 islands (or Kujukushima). Contrary to what its name might suggest, the area actually contains a lot more than 99 islands – 208 in fact. Go up one of the three observation towers, Tenkaiho, Ishidake, and Yumihari, to be rewarded with stunning views of the islands or go on a boat tour with Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort and take in the islands up close.
For those who love shopping, visiting Sasebo Yonkacho Shotengai is a must. This quaint shopping arcade offers shops where you can find just about anything, as well as restaurants for you to have a bite.
As the U.S. navy base is stationed here, the city is heavily influenced by American culture. The Sasebo burger is a product of this fusion of cultures and is a great representation of this city. Try this delicious burger, made with freshly-baked buns and patties that are cooked on the spot – an irresistible homemade treat!