Spots in Sasebo / Hirado Area

  • Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort
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    4.0
    256 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Saseboshi Kashimaechou 1008
    This is a resort park focusing on marine leisure, filled with the charm of the Kujukushima sea. One can enjoy marine sports such as yachting and sea kayaking, or take a tour on a sightseeing boat. With an aquarium, souvenir shop and restaurant too, it is gaining popularity especially with families bringing children.

    Dont miss this, even if you only have one day in Sasebo. We take all our visitors here. So gorgeous! One-hour boat ride from a lovely little harbor, through the 99 Islands area (actually more...

  • Nagasaki Bio Park
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    4.5
    183 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Saikaishi Seihichounakayamagou 2291-1
    Nagasaki Bio Park is unusual among Japanese zoos for keeping and displaying the animals in a nearly natural setting. Two hundred different species, including mammals, birds, and reptiles, live in the zoo, and visitors can encounter the animals everywhere and even feed them. Depending on the season, Nagasaki Bio Park features a number of other events, including fishing for crayfish, picking strawberries, or the capybara outdoor bath.

    This is an interactive zoo. You go into their enclosures. Little vending machines take a 100-yen coin. You receive food for that particular animal, and they will eat it right from your...

  • Hirado Castle
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    4.0
    166 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Iwanouechou 1458
    This was the residential castle of the Matsura clan, the feudal lords of the Hirado Domain. The fortification technology at the time incorporated the unusual Yamagaryu (Yamaga school) style. Construction originally began in 1599 as “Hi-no-Takejo” but as it neared completion in 1613, it fell under suspicion from Tokugawa Ieyasu due to the deep friendship the clan had with Toyotomi Hideyoshi, so the clan head Shigenobu burned down the castle himself. The clan lived in the palace that was on the site for about 90 years, and reconstruction of Hirado Castle began in 1704 and was completed in 1718. The view of the Port of Hirado looking down from the castle keep is outstanding, and visitors can obtain a view that includes the virgin forest of Kuroko Island (a Natural Monument) and the Hirado Ohashi Bridge.

    Castle closed till Mar 31, 2021. Outside grounds were beautiful and peaceful. The cherry blossom trees were in bloom which was awesome.

  • Palace Huis Ten Bosch
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    3.0
    11 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Saseboshi Huis Ten Bosch Town 1-1
    A palace recreated deep inside the Huis Ten Bosch theme park. The structure, built with special permission from the royal family of the Netherlands, is a faithful recreation of the palace where Queen Beatrix lives. The Baroque style garden which extends behind the palace is a recreation of the Great Garden which was designed for the Dutch royal family. Inside the palace, visitors will find the Huis Ten Bosch Art Museum, whose collection includes etchings by Rembrandt.

    ハウステンボスのゲームミュージアムで、ワンピースを題材にした体験型ゲームミュージアムでした。パスポート券購入での入場なので、料金はかかりません。

  • Tabira Catholic Church
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    4.5
    121 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Tabirachoukotedamen 19
    This church is located in Kotedamen, Tabira-cho, Hirado City. A church built by believers who moved from Kuroshima and overseas after 1886 and whose temporary building was a private house, the permanent building was completed in 1918 from the donation of accumulated money from worshippers. The last brick church designed by Yosuke Tetsukawa, who helped design many churches in Nagasaki, it has been designated a nationally important cultural property. You must contact them in advance for tours.

    You have to make reservation before your visit. A very small church, with only wooden columns, but the stained glasses, depicted with many different bible stories are the highlight. Light reflection...

  • Yumiharidake Observatory
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    4.0
    120 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Saseboshi Onochou
    An observatory located on Mt. Yumiharidake in Ono-cho, Sasebo City. Visitors can get a sweeping view of the natural beauty of the Kujuku Islands and the Goto Sea, as well as Sasebo City to the east and Sasebo Port to the south. In the evening, visitors can take in the glittering cityscape and isaribi firelight lure fishing; in spring, cherry blossoms blooming in profusion in the area.

    The Road was very steep and windy on the way up. Not to mention narrow so if you have a wider car be prepped for that. Recommend high beams going up if night.

  • Hirado Kaijo Hotel
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    3.5
    105 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Okubochou 2231-3
    "This hotel is located in Okubo-cho, Hirado City. The baths can be used even for day-trips, and use sodium - hydrogen carbonate spring water from the Hirado Onsen that is good for nerve pain, lower back pain, hemorrhoids, rheumatism and fatigue. It has an open ocean-facing outdoor bath, the aquarium bath ""Ryugu"" equipped with a tank with swimming fish and turtles, rental open-air baths, rental observation baths, and various other baths. There is also a resting area where you can relax after bathing."

    The hotel is a bit old but it’s really cheap. The staff is very kind and helpful. We booked a Western Japanese room and got a great sea view with Hirado bay, castle and bridge. The dinner was...

  • Reconstruction of the 1639 warehouse of the Dutch Trading Post in Hirado
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    3.5
    91 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Okubochou 2477
    This trading post built in Hirado flourished as port of trade with the Netherlands for 33 years from 1609 to 1641 until the move to Nagasaki’s Dejima Island. The stone warehouse built in 1639 to store trade cargo is Japan’s first western-style building, and the exterior resembles the style of buildings in the Netherlands. To the Japanese this exterior was a strange sight and since the Western calendar was inscribed on the gables the Edo shogunate had it destroyed. The Hirado Dutch Trading Post that opened in 2011 is a faithful reconstruction of this building. Visitors can also peruse materials that concern trade in those days.

    This small building has been designed to match the actual Dutch Trading Post that existed some five hundred years and located at the old location. It houses a small exhibition with rare books a d...

  • Kujukushima Zoo & Botanical Garden Mori Kirara
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Sasebo-shi Funakoshicho 2172
    This zoo and botanical garden, situated on a rise commanding a view of Saikai National Park Kujukushima below, focuses on relaxation and the nature of the Kujuku Islands. The zoo presents around 60 species of animals such as lions and Amur leopard cats; there's also a penguin exhibit which boasts one of the largest overhead aquariums in Japan. The zoo also offers a full array of programs, including guided tours and animal feeding sessions, as well as rides on Taishu horses, a rare breed of horse of which only around 50 live in all of Japan. The zoo's greenhouse garden and grounds have been planted with some 1,200 species of plants; the 3,000-square-meter rose garden, in particular, is a must see in the spring and fall when its beautiful roses bloom in profusion.

    If you present proof that you live in the city of Sasebo, you can get in for cheaper. Good penguin exhibit, where you walk under the glass-bottom pool and look up to see them swimming above you...

  • Nagasaki Prefectural Saikaibashi Park
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    4.5
    60 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Sasebo-shi Hariohigashimachi 2678
    A park located in Hario Higashi-machi, Sasebo City and Seihi-cho, Saikai City. Maintained at the foots of the Saikai Bridge and Shinsaikai Bridge which span these two cities, facilities include observatories with sweeping views of the whirling tides of the Hario Strait, a fun obstacle course, artificial turf sledding hill, and a walking path around the Shinsaikai Bridge. Some 1,000 cherry trees come into bloom on the grounds in the spring, and during this time a spring whirlpool festival is also held here.

    The park is large, and there are many play areas for kids, but the biggest attraction for us was the giant slide. For 300 yen/hr, you can rent a sled that allows you to slide down a giant artificial...

  • Matsuura Historical Museum
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Kagamigawachou 12
    This is a museum that conveys the history of the Lord Hirado Matsuura family who once dominated the northern area of Nagasaki Prefecture. In addition to weapons and letters from the Matsuura family, a large number of art objects such as paintings and maki-e artworks are displayed. The museum building uses the private residence of the Matsuura family built in 1893, and the stone steps and stone walls at the entrance date to the early Edo period. Experience trying on armor or a bridal kimono free of charge. It is ten minutes by car from Hiradoguchi Station.

    My friend and I enjoyed our visit to this museum and learning about the history of this area. Bought a couple souvenirs to remember our trip.

  • Kujyukushima Onsen Hanamizuki SASPA
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Saseboshi Kashimaechou 1129
    "This hotel along the SSK Bypass is located in Kashimae-cho, Sasebo City. In the hot spring facilities in the hotel, besides iron ions, they use ""Kujuku Island Onsen"" water that contains a high concentration of and combination of minerals rare in Japan, and it is good for nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain and sensitivity to cold. Available for day-trip use, besides being able to taste seafood from Kujuku Island, designated as a part of Saikai National Park, there is also the ""Dokutsu Tarai Somen"" in the summer that uses a cave as a dining area."

    If you would like to experience onsen and have some time to kill, then Saspa is a possibility. The most difficult part of this journey was the reservation and check in process. I had some Japanese...

  • Kishotei
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    3.5
    56 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Okubochou 2520
    A hotel with a bathhouse open to non-guests located close to Sakikata Park in Okubo-cho, Hirado City. The hotel bathhouse has an outdoor bath commanding a view of the sea of Hirado, an indoor bath area with a panoramic view, and footbath; there are also guest rooms with their own private outdoor baths. A hydrogen carbonate spring is used to fill these baths with waters said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, chronic digestive diseases, and chronic skin diseases as well as aid recovery from fatigue. The hotel also has a restaurant serving kaiseki course cuisine made with seasonal ingredients, a banquet hall, coffee lounge, and snack bar.

    Not an easy hotel to find, even with GPS, and if there are signs from the street theyre not in English. Its a largish hotel with several blocks set on the hill side with quite confusing floor...

  • Nagushiyama Park
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    4.5
    44 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Saseboshi Shikamachichounagushi 174-12
    This park is located in Nagushi, Shikamachi-cho, Sasebo City. Situated where you can see Kita Kujuku Island and Hirado Island, it has facilities such as a camping ground, visitor center that also provides meals, and a small playground with a 100-meter roller slide. In addition, 100,000 azaleas bloom in the park from April to May, and the Nagushiyama Azalea Festival is also held according to when they bloom.

    If you are looking for a the perfect place to immerse yourself in a riot of azalea blossoms in April or May, this is the perfect place. The rest of the year, its worth it just for the views out over...

  • The Paradise Garden Sasebo
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    3.5
    48 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Saseboshi Sakiokachou 853-12
    This resort hotel is located in Sakioka-cho, Sasebo City. The hot spring facilities can also be used for day-trips, and use sodium hydrogen - carbonate spring water. Besides a large public bath with a Jacuzzi and eight private rooms with Japanese cypress baths, stone baths and rock baths, you can also use the sauna and massages. It also has many restaurants including a buffet restaurant, seafood restaurant with live fish tank, barbecue grill restaurant, and a cafe and lounge.

    Stayed here on a trip with colleagues and was very surprised at how nice this hotel was. The rooms were clean and very spacious for Japan. We stayed in the new building so everything was updated and...

  • Tenku no Yado Yamanoren
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    4.5
    40 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Saseboshi Sechibaruchouenohara 316
    "This hot spring inn is located in Uenohara, Sechibaru-cho, Sasebo City. The hot spring (sodium - hydrogen carbonate) can be used even for day-trips and is also called ""Bihada no Yu"" (beautiful skin bath) because it is good for fatigue recovery and health promotion, and you can also enjoy scenery such as the terraced rice-fields and surrounding mountains designated as a prefectural natural park. It also has adjoining restaurants, an after-bath teahouse and open observation terrace."

    My family and I frequent the Yamanoren onsen because its a fairly close (20 mins) get away from our home and has a spectacular view from the outside spas. We have a 2 year old daughter that loves to...

  • Roadside Station Sonogi no Sho
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Transportation
    Nagasaki Pref. Higashisonogigunhigashisonogichou Sonogishukugou 747-2
    "This roadside station is located in Sonogishukugo, Higashisonogi Town, Higashisonogi County along National Route 205. Besides selling produce and specialty products such as the well-known ""Sonogi-cha (green tea),"" it also provides meals such as ""Dago-jiru"" using whale meat. It is also adjacent to the prefecturally-designated historic site ""Hisagozuka Kofun (ancient tomb)"" and the Higashisonogi Town Folk History Museum."

    長崎空港からハウステンボスの道すがらにあった道の駅。 入口から、みかんの試食の山。 甘くておいしい小粒のみかんがたんまり 20個は入って 1袋 150円とリーズナブルで驚いたけど、店内に入っても地元の食材がたくさん! くじらの釜めしとかもあってみてるだけでも楽しい。

  • Hotel Lorelei
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagasaki Pref. Saseboshi Haenosakichou 449
    A hotel located in front of Huis Ten Bosch Station in Haenosaki-cho, Sasebo City. The hotel has a bathhouse which is exclusively supplied with water from a natural hot spring; facilities include a large indoor bathing area, outdoor bath, private reservable bath with a view of Huis Ten Bosch, and a private reservable bath for physically challenged. The bathhouse is also open to non-guests, and the hotel offers a day trip hot spring bathing plan which includes the use of a guest room for the day (for groups of three or more), and a plan which includes hot spring bathing and a meal in the hotel's all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant.

    Good food at a cheaper price than you would find at HTB. If you were extra hungry they have a buffet as well.

  • Hirado City Ikitsuki-cho Municipal Museum Shima no Yakata
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    4.5
    17 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Ikitsukichouminamimen 4289-1
    "This museum is located in Minamimen, Ikitsuki-cho, Hirado City. It has exhibits related to the history and culture of Ikitsuki Island, such as those related to the faith of the many hidden Christians living on the island, the island's whaling that boasted the largest scale in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868), and life on the island. ""Fisherman's Arena"" introduces the fishing industry in the seas near Hirado through a model of fixed shore nets and stuffed specimens of 250 types of fish from the nearby waters."

    1階は捕鯨の歴史と解体方法の紹介、クジラの標本。それから、魚の、剥製が沢山、展示してあります。2階は、隠れキリシタンの紹介です。魚やクジラの標本が凄いと思いました。

  • Umegae Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Saseboshi Joumachou 317
    "This sake brewery is located in Joma-cho, Sasebo City. Founded in the Edo period (1603-1868), it brews Japanese sake and shochu, including the brand-name sake ""Umegae."" It has also received high praise at the Annual Japan Sake Awards. It conducts free tours of the brewery (reservations required), and you can purchase products and learn about the brewing process and taste samples."

    Umegae Sake Brewery is more than just Japanese Rice Wine otherwise known as Sake. It is a cultural, tasting and most of all, a true Japanese Traditional Experience.. The staff are friendly, have...

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This hidden corner of the country is rural Japan at its best, where underground activity is to thank for active volcanoes and bubbling natural hot springs along the Shimabara Peninsula as well as the crystal clear waters of the Goto Islands off the west coast. Less well known than Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, Nagasaki commemorates its own past at the Nagasaki Peace Park, which sits alongside the charming Meganebashi stone bridge and a mix of religious buildings with beautiful architecture, such as the Zen Buddhist Sofukuji Temple, the Confucian Shrine, and the Oura Christian Church.

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