Sitting at the southern east point of Japan, Sasebo went from being a small fishing port in Japan’s early years to a tactical naval base location during Japan’s Meiji period, The town’s proximity to China and Korea allowed it to play a central role in both Sino-Japanese Wars as well as during the Russo-Japanese War. Today, Sasebo thrives in tourism thanks to its beautiful coast line, parks...
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Experience the splendid coastal beauty of Sasebo and its surrounds during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion via land and sea.
Sasebo and Yumihari Observatory
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Yumihara Observatory. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour, and enjoy breath-taking panoramic views of Kujukushima Island, Sasebo Port and the townscape.
Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort
Next, re-board your coach for the drive to the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort. Located approximately 15.5 miles (about 25 kilometres) north of the port of Sasebo, the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort is surrounded by an archipelago of 208 large and small islands, only four of which are inhabited. Upon arrival, embark a boat for an approximately 50-minute cruise. Along the way, pass by 21 of the surrounding islands. Following your cruise, disembark the boat, re-board your coach and head to the Saikai Bridge.
The Saikai Bridge was completed 1955. The first arched bridge in the Orient, it connects the Nishisonogi Peninsula and Sasebo City. The Inoura Strait, which flows beneath the bridge, ranks as one of the three fastest-flowing currents in Japan. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 40-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately one mile (about 1.6 kilometres), at times over uneven and gravel surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat, and 20 steps at the Yumihari Observatory. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. . The Kujukushima cruise is not exclusive to Silversea guests. Japanese Yen is required for any purchases. The tour sequence may vary.
Explore the history and landmarks of scenic Hirado Island during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 50-minute drive to Tabira Park. Upon arrival, take in splendid panoramic views of the Hirado Bridge. This bridge, which links Hirado Island to the Tabira district, was completed in 1977. The truss suspension design has a total length of approximately 2,149 feet (about 665 meters), with a main span of approximately 1,527 feet (about 465.4 meters) and a width of approximately 35 feet (about 10.7 meters). It is suspended approximately 98 feet (about 30 meters) above sea level. After a photo stop here, re-board your coach and drive to the Dutch Trading Post.
Dutch Trading Post and St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church
The Dutch Trading Post was set up in Hirado in 1609 as the base of operations of the Dutch East India Company in Japan. The building seen today is a reconstruction of a warehouse which was originally constructed here in 1639. It is faithful to the original design, and exhibits the facility's original Dutch architecture of interlocking stone blocks supported by large, exposed wooden beams. The structure is capped by a Japanese-style tile roof, just like the original. From here, head to the St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church. During a guided tour of the church's modern, artistically designed interior, visit the first-floor museum. See Christian paintings, statues, medallions, clothing, and other religious items, as well as old maps depicting the development of Christianity in Japan and showing the route of Xavier's travels.
Following your visit, re-board your coach and proceed to the Hirado Castle. The Hirado Castle was built in 1707 by the daimyo Matsuura Takashi. The donjon was built on top of a small, rounded mountain. The castle supposedly had a structure heavily influenced by the Yamaga-ryu, whose school of war strategy was highly regarded. It fell into disrepair after government by the Samurai class ended in the latter-half of the 19th century. The present donjon was reconstructed in 1962. The beautiful, three-tiered, five-storied donjon was built as if overlooking the ocean, and a large amount of information relating to the castle is exhibited inside. Following your guided castle tour, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 65-minutes drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately one mile (about 1.6 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces and slopes, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 150 steps at the Hirado Castle. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must remove their shoes before entering the Hirado Castle. Japanese Yen is required for any purchases. The tour sequence may vary.
Explore the splendid beauty and wartime past of Nagasaki during this scenic, full-day sightseeing excursion.
Sasebo, Higashiyamate and Hollander Slope
Depart the pier for scenic, approximate 90-minute drive to Nagasaki. This beautiful port city opened to foreign trade in 1571, and flourished as the sole gate through which Western culture filtered into Japan during the period of seclusion. En route to Nagasaki, drive by Hollander Slope on the way to the first stop. The Hollander Slope is a stone paved road in the area of Higashiyamate; its western-style building and road recall the area's appearance at that time.
Dejima Island, Lunch and Atomic Bomb Museum
Next, re-board your coach and continue on to Dejima. Completed in 1635, this manmade island was created to serve as only trading post with foreign countries during the Edo era, when Japan was closed to outside world. Following your visit, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, re-board your coach and continue on to the Atomic Bomb Museum, which features over 900 artefacts highlighting the city's devastation. More than just a commemoration, the museum promotes peace by denouncing the abomination of war and tracing the evolution of the use of atomic weapons. Following your guided visit, re-board your coach and head to Ground Zero.
Ground Zero and Nagasaki Peace Park
Upon arrival at Ground Zero, view the hypocentre of the catastrophe, which is marked by a sober black pillar. Leaving Ground Zero, re-board your coach and drive to your final stop, the Nagasaki Peace Park. The park commemorates the city's destruction by the atomic bomb dropped on August 9, 1945. The park's main attraction is a collection of statues and sculptures donated by countries and groups all over the world. Included is the massive Peace Memorial Statue, which depicts a man with his right arm pointing to the sky to indicate the continued threat of nuclear destruction. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximate 90-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.9 miles (about 1.4 kilometres), at times over uneven and stone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and ten steps at Ground Zero, ten steps at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and 20 steps at the Nagasaki Peace Park; an elevator is available at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. This tour includes sensitive material, including graphic pictures and displays of the atrocities of war. Flash photography is not permitted at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. The distance between the pier and Nagasaki is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction. Japanese Yen is required for any purchases. The tour sequence may vary.
Explore the lovely sights and pottery-making history of Imari and its surrounds during this picturesque, full-day sightseeing excursion.
Imari and Okawachiyama Village
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 90-minute drive to Okawachiyama Village. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour. Okawachiyama is an historical area in Imari; a village of ceramics in harmony with traditional culture, history and landscape. The kilns in Okawachiyama first opened around 1675 to produce exclusive wares for the Nabeshima lord's personal use. The area was chosen for its hilly location to keep its ceramics technology under tight guard.
Next, re-board your coach for the drive to the Mifuneyama Garden, located just outside Takeo Onsen in the Saga Prefecture. The garden was built on a huge parcel of land measuring approximately 179,398 square yards (about 150,000 square meters), and over a period of approximately three years by Shigeyoshi Nabeshima, the 28th ruler of the Takeo Domain, as part of his holiday home.
Lunch and Yutoku Inari Shrine
Following your visit to the Mifuneyama Garden, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, a visit is made to the Yutoku Inari Shrine. This shrine is one of the three most famous shrines dedicated to Inari. In 1687, it was built at the request of Kazanin Manko-hime, the wife of Lord Nabeshima Naotomo, who ruled the domain of Hizen Kashima. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximate 70-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.8 miles (about 2.9 kilometres), at times over uneven and gravel surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the Mifuneyama Garden Museum, 30 steps at Okawachiyama Village, and 300 steps at the Yutoku Inari Shrine; a lift is available at the Yutoku Inari Shrine. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. At Okawauchiyama Village, the pottery works are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Japanese national holidays. The total driving distance between the pier and sites visited is approximately 4.5 hours. Japanese Yen is required for any purchases. The tour sequence may vary.