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.
Photo by Yokaphoto.net
Oura Catholic Church