Sushi. Japanese Curry. Burgers. Steak. So many choices, so little time!
Beetles, bentos, and lucky cats.
Sasebo is full of things you never even knew you needed. Pack up the kids and let's hit the shops!
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It's just like Domino's in the States... sort of. It's mostly the same with some added options like the "Octopus, Avocado, Honeyed Ham." And they deliver!
Nitori is almost like Target but not quite. They sell living room, dining room, bedroom, and office furniture on the 3rd floor. You can even order items that might not be in stock. They sell small appliances, kitchenware, home decor,...
The beginning scene of "The Last Samurai" was filmed here. There are two observation decks, both with fantastic views of 99 Islands. The walk up from the parking area is quite the hoof and can be muddy in rainy weather.
The entrance to this observatory is lined by hydrangeas and the observatory itself it surrounded by flower fields. Unfortunately, the flowers don't seem to be in bloom during the summer. There is a ton of parking and a little market...
This observation deck is a little small and easy to miss if you aren't paying attention but the view of 99 islands is gorgeous. It's only a short drive from Main Base but parking is very limited.
Obae Hana Lighthouse
This lighthouse is located on the northern shore of Ikitsuki island. The lighthouse itself is small and not all that impressive, but the view is spectacular. On the way to the lighthouse, be sure to lookout for the Ikitsuki Daigyoran...
Pearl Sea Resort
The Pearl Sea Resort is a quick ten-minute drive from base and home to the Kujukushima Aquarium. The aquarium is the main attraction but there are also many shops and restaurants where you can enjoy a Sasebo Burger, rent a kayak, or...
100 ¥en Shop
The 100 Yen Shop is next door to a Nakamura grocery store and has plenty of parking in front and above the grocery store. The assortment of products is similar to other yen shops with the added benefit of being next door to the...
Kameyama Hachimangu Shrine
For most Americans in the community, this is the first shrine they visit in Japan. It is located across the street from City Hall and has a small parking area. After you pray, be sure to pick up one of the many charms for sale. I...
Nagasaki Peace Park
The Nagasaki Peace Park serves to commemorate the atomic bombing of the city on August 9, 1945. It is located next to the Hypocenter Park, which marks the epicenter of the bomb, and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. The park is home...
The OK Store is a home improvement store, similar to the "O" store or HomeWide. It has a great garden department on the lower level where they sell plants, bricks and pavers, soil, and everything you need for your next backyard...
Mike's is a nice dine-in or take-away spot for those nights you just need some refried beans with your rice. They serve the typical Tex-Mex dishes like chimichangas, enchiladas, chips and guacamole. Seating is limited so on a busy...
Konan Ototen Home Improvement
Also known as "the O Store" because of the giant "O" in the sign, Konan is similar to Wal-Mart with a dash of Home Depot. They sell home improvement supplies, plants and garden equipment, and inexpensive pet supplies.
This shopping mall is also known as "the arcade" or "Yonka-cho Shopping Mall." It is about 1km long and lined with multi-story shops, cafes, pharmacies, dentists, optometrists, and markets. There is truly something for everyone here....
D!rex is a discount store, similar to Wal-Mart without the furniture and large items. They mostly sell groceries and produce but also have office supplies, mailing supplies, and other household items.
Aranzi Aronzo is a kawaii shop in Fukuoka, near the Apple Store. The shop is tiny but packed with an assortment of stickers, mugs, bags, trays, plush dolls and more with the Aranzi Aronzo cast of characters.
If you enjoy coffee and cats, this is the place for you! The outside of this cafe is painted with a giant orange cat and if you're lucky, you can meet the real-life furry fellow while you dine. There is a special table set up for the...
Yumihari Observatory Tower
Visit Yumihari Observatory for a beautiful view of the Navy base and the town below. There is a large parking area, restrooms, and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the park. Dogs are welcome but be mindful of the many cats that live...
Koga Stationary, Art, & Gift
At Koga, you can find greeting cards, planners, stickers, office and mailing supplies, and pens/pencils. If you go upstairs you'll find art supplies like Copic markers, acrylic paints, clay, sketch pads, and lots more. There are a...
Nagasaki Lantern Festival
The Nagasaki Lantern Festival is an annual celebration of the Chinese New Year, beginning in early February. Once confined to Chinatown, there are now events spread throughout Nagasaki with fireworks, Chinese acrobatics, dragon...
Grooming Salon Eve
This doggie salon is located at the entrance to the Ginza shopping area. There is plenty of parking nearby but many people pull over for quick drop-offs and pick-ups. The ladies here are wonderful and very patient with stubborn...
Nafco Two-One Style
Located across the street from Nafco Home Plaza, Two-One Style is probably as close as you can get to a Target in Sasebo. They sell furniture, colorful kitchen and bath items, rugs, pillows, curtains, wall decor, and lots of things...
Chango's Mexican Food
There aren't a lot of Mexican food options in Sasebo, so thank goodness for Chango's! I have a hard time passing up the chimichanga but the taco salad is also a favorite. The staff is very welcoming and they even have an English menu...
It's just like the Starbucks you know and love... almost. The menu is slightly different BUT there are some special drinks only available in Japan. This is located in the Ginza shopping area so no drive-thru but there are plenty of...
Hotto Motto is a Japanese "fast food" restaurant that can be found all over Japan. There is no seating as the focus is on "bento," or take-out food. Ordering is easy, just point at a menu item and pay. The prices are reasonable and...
Queen Kebab is a true gem. The food is outstanding and the gentlemen who own the place are super friendly and welcoming. The beef kebab fries with the original Turkish sauce is sinful and will keep you returning for more.
Tanaka Coffee relocated to the Ginza shopping area from a little kiosk near RaRaRamen. The new shop has the same great coffee but now offers an assortment of doughnuts and plenty of seating. Too hot for coffee? No worries. They also...
This little park is a popular springtime destination as it is lined with cherry blossom trees. There is a small parking lot and plenty of grass to enjoy a picnic during sakura season. Dog lovers will appreciate it's pet-friendly...
Coffee & Diner KUCHE
This little cafe is easy to miss but once you discover it, you'll keep finding your way back. They serve sandwiches, pasta dishes, desserts, coffee, liquor, and lots more. The lunch counter is nice and cozy and a great spot for...
This pizza and hamburger cafe is a member of the Sasebo Burger Association and does not disappoint! They serve burgers in a variety of sizes, with cute names like "Misa Monster" and "Baby Monster," that make it easy to enjoy your...
Gobangai is a waterfront shopping center with 83 specialty shops and restaurants, including a grocery store on the ground level, Toys R Us, and even a Starbucks in the book store. The weekends are usually busy with family friendly...
Conveniently located in the Ginza Shopping Arcade, Kebab Plus offers delicious kebabs and plenty of seating for hungry shoppers. The kebabs come in three sizes and your choice of sauce. The service is fast and friendly.
A fun little restaurant just outside the Gobangai Mall (aka The New Mall or 5th Ave Mall) that serves sushi on a conveyor belt. Don't like raw fish? No problem! They also serve beef, pork, and chicken dishes. The prosciutto and...
This tiny burger shop is a member of the Sasebo Burger Association and known for their delicious bacon/ham. The line is usually long but moves quickly. Seating is limited but worth the wait.
Hirado Castle was constructed in 1704 as part of a coastal defense strategy in the East China Sea region. It now houses artifacts and information about the castle's history. Visitors can climb to the top and take photos from outside...
If you're in the market for porcelain and appreciate adventure, sign up for a "treasure hunting" experience at this kiln. Armed with gloves and a basket, you will be set loose in a warehouse of odds and ends to hunt for treasure....
Located in Fukuoka Prefecture, Nanzoin Temple is a large complex with many chapels and shrines scattered over the hillside. It's most famous resident is the Reclining Buddha, which may be the world's biggest bronze statue. Parking is...