Miura Catholic Church

Solemn gothic architecture/Soaring church

Many Christians emigrated to Sasebo, and Sasebo Roman Catholic Church was built in 897.
The church that was established in Tanigo town in 1899 had been moved to the current place in 1931. This church miraculously survived the Great Sasebo Air Raid in the Pacific War.

4-25, Miura-cho, Sasebo city, Nagasaki 857-0863
Open Hours
From 9:00 to 17:00 (※The church may not be open - (i) if a mass celebration or other celemony is held or (ii) if closed for other other reasons.)
Hours of mass celebration
Sunday: 6:30, 9:00, 18:30
Saturday: 6:00,18:30
Week day: 6:00
3 minutes on foot from JR Sasebo Station
Miura-Cho Catholic Church

Sasebo Museum of the Maritime Self Defense Force (Sail Tower)

Many models of ships are displayed.

The history and activities of the former navy and the Maritime Self Defense Force are explained in an easily understandable manner, and also the models of ships and other historical materials are displayed.

8-1 Uwamachi, Sasebo city, Nagasaki 857-0058
Open hours
From 9:30 to 17:00 (Last entry is 16:30)
Closed days
Third Thursday, year end and new year holidays (from December 28 to January 4)
sail tower

Kuroshima Cathedral (A candidate for the World Heritage)

Solemn cathedral with 400 thousands of bricks

Kuroshima Cathedral was established by the Christians who emigrated here in the period of Bunka/Bunsei. The base is made of Kuroshima stones (granite) and 400 thousands of bricks are used. This solemn cathedral was consecrated in 1902.

3333, Kuroshima-cho, Sasebo city, Nagasaki 857-3271
Open hours
From 9:00 to 17:00 ※The church may not be open - (i) if a mass celebration or other celemony is held or (ii) if closed for other other reasons.)
Hours of mass celebration
Sunday: 7:00, 9:00 Saturday and weekday: 6:00
The church is in Kuroshima Island. It takes approximately 50 minutes by ferry from Ainoura Port, getting off at Ainoura Station, Nishi-Kyushu Line of Matsuura Railway from Sasebo Station. 30 minutes on foot from Kuroshima Hakuba Port.
Closed days
None (※Your money contribution is appreciated.)
Kuroshima Church

Kujukushima Zoo & Botanical Garden "Mori Kirara"

Japan's biggest ceiling aquarium "New Penguin Hall"


The Penguin Hall has the Japan's biggest ceiling aquarium. Almost all of the ceiling of the first floor is made of aquarium, so the visitors can observe swimming penguins from beneath the aquarium. Elephants and other animals can be observed in the zoo. Also many kinds of plants can be seen - especially the rose garden is very famous. In the season of roses, "Rose Festival" is held in the rose garden full of fragrance of the roses. (May and October)

2172 Funakoshi-cho, Sasebo city, Nagasaki 857-1231
Adult (from high school): 820 yen
Child (from age 4 to 15(junior high school)): 210 yen
Open hours
From 9:00 to 17:15 (Last entry: 16:45)
Closed days
Open 365 Days


Straight as an arrow, the length of this arcaded street is more than 1 kilometer across the 7 towns in the city central. It is said to be the longest arcaded street in Japan. It is also attracting the attention as this town is so vibrant.

4○3 Arcade

Sasebo 5th Avenue

1 minute on foot from Minato Exit of JR Sasebo station. This is the shopping mall having 83 shops, located in front of the sea. Hamburger Shop "Hikari", souvenir shops selling Fukusaya Castella and other tastes of Kyushu are available here. Enjoy shopping and tasty foods in the seaside restaurant and cafe.


Friendship Shops for Foreigners

"Friendship Shops" Introduction Site
49 shops that welcome foreign tourists are introduced here - shops that accept payment in dollars, shops with English speaking attendant, etc.

Friendship Business in SASEBO (in English only)

Friendship Business in SASEBO