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Kuju-ku Islands

Kuju-ku Islands Kuju-ku Islands is a group of islands along the intended coast to the northwest of Sasebo city within a range of 30 km.
It is called "Kujuukushima" in Japanese.

"Kuju-ku" means "99", but it has the meaning of "many".
There are 208 islands officially.

The most popular observatory is Ishidake Observatory located about 5 km west-southwest of central Sasebo city.
From here, we can see the beautiful view of many small islands in the sea.
Kuju-ku islands are on the west coast, so the view of sunset is nice.

The sunset scene at Ishidake Observetory appears at the beginning of "The Last Samurai", a hit movie released in 2003.

The pleasure boats are operated from Saikai pearl Sea Resort located about 4 km west of central Sasebo city.
We can enjoy yachting and kayaking there.

Saikai Pearl Sea Resort official website

How to get to here

By railroad and route bus

  1. From Hakata to Sasebo, by JR limited express "Midori", about 1 hour 50 minutes to 2 hours.
    From Nagasaki to Sasebo, by rapid train on JR Omura Line, about 1 hour 40 minutes.
  2. To Ishidake observatoty, by route bus, from Sasebo station, about 28 minutes to Ishidake-shokubutsuen-mae stop and 10 minutes walk.
    To Saikai Pearl Sea Resort, by route bus, from Sasebo station, about 25 minutes.

Kuju-ku Islands
Sunset at Ishidake
Photo by Yokaphoto.net
Scenery from pleasure boat

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