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A Popular Movie Location! Sasebo's Kujukushima Island Scenery

A Popular Movie Location! Sasebo's Kujukushima Island Scenery

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The area of Japan with the most islands, Nagasaki, is where you'll find Kujukushima. From the top of the mountains enjoy a panoramic view and unique sights!

Translated by Hilary Keyes

Written by Maki

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Kujukushima is the name for a series of small islands found near the harbor of Sasebo, Nagasaki. Known as the most dense concentration of islands in Japan, these picturesque islands are surrounded by blue seas and covered by rich greenery.

Today we'd like to introduce the incredible panoramic views from the mountains and unique sights of the islands of this region.

Read also:  Japanese Encyclopedia: Kyushu Region

Not Really 99 Islands?!

Kujukushima, written in Japanese characters means "99 Islands", which is also a synonym for "many"; but in reality there are actually 208 islands in this area.

Of these 208 islands, only four are inhabited, and the rest are completely unpopulated. In 1955, the entirety of Kujukushima was designated a national park.

The shape of the coastlines of these islands has remained entirely natural. Here you can enjoy nature as you take part in marine sports and even go camping.

Superb! See the Islands from a Panoramic Platform

If you would like to look over all of the Kujukushima islands, there are four different viewing platforms found within Sasebo city. Of them, the most popular viewing spot is Tenkaiho.

From this platform you can enjoy a 180 degree view of these islands.

On clear days, the view of the setting sun over these islands is a sight to behold.

Tenkaiho is easily reached via public transportation as there are Sasebo city buses that travel to this viewing platform.

Viewing Platform Turned "Last Samurai" Location

Next let's head to Ishidake viewing platform.

This area was used as a location for the Hollywood film "Last Samurai"; the scene featuring wavelets rippling around islands at the beginning of the movie took place here - a fact indicated by a signboard near the location.

From the Ishidake viewing platform you can take in a 360 degree view of the area.

Not only the Kujukushima islands, but an amazing view overlooking Sasebo city can be enjoyed here as well.

See the Islands Up Close on a Pleasure Cruise

From the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort in Sasebo, you can enjoy a pleasure cruise around the islands.

Taking in the scenery of the islands as you leisurely weave your way around them on a cruise is a fabulous way to enjoy the scenery.

The first island that you see after departing from the harbor is Yokoshima, which is said to resemble a lion laying down.

As the water quality here is impeccable, there are also plenty of pearl farms in the area. This small signboard features the characters for the famous pearls used by the high quality jewelry brand, Tasaki.

Throughout the ship you will find information on over 20 of the islands dotting the region in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.

Though they look entirely green from a distance, when you come closer these tree-covered islands are built on bare rocky cliffs. Please enjoy this rare glimpse at nature untouched by human hands.

The cruise around the islands lasts for about 50 minutes and then you will find that you have returned to the harbor once more. The large ship easily moves through this calm waters, making for a pleasant and comfortable cruise.

Seeing so many islands crowded together and the incredible scenery that surrounds them might just take your breath away.

No matter what time you visit, Kujukushima will have a wonderful display to show you, from the dazzling blues and greens of the day to the brilliant sight of the setting sun at dusk. Here you are sure to spend the day in awe, never growing tired of the scenery around you.

When visiting Sasebo, please make your way to Kujukushima and enjoy this amazing natural spot for yourself.

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Tenkaiho Viewing Platform

Address: Nagasaki, Sasebo, Shimofunakoshicho 399
Nearest Station: Tenkaiho Iriguchi (展海峰入口) bus stop, Sasebo city bus
Access: From Sasebo station's bus terminal, take the city bus for 40 minutes to Tenkaiho Iriguchi bus stop, then walk for 6 minutes
Phone Number: 0956-22-6630 (Sasebo Sightseeing Information Center)
Website: Tenkaiho (Japanese)

Ishidake Viewing Platform

Address: Nagasaki, Sasebo, Funakoshicho 2277
Nearest Station: Doshokubutsuen Mae (動植物園前) bus stop, Sasebo city bus
Access: From Sasebo station's bus terminal, take the city bus for 20 minutes to Doshokubutsuen Mae bus stop, then walk for 15 minutes
Phone Number: 0956-22-6630 (Sasebo Sightseeing Information Center)
Website: Ishidake Viewing Platform

Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort

Address: Nagasaki, Sasebo, Kashimaecho 1008
Hours: 9:30-21:00 (varies by month)
Closed: Only during foul weather
Other Languages: English, Chinese, Korean
Information in Other Languages: English, Chinese, Korean
Nearest Station: Pearl Sea Resort Kujukushima Suizokan (パールシーリゾート・九十九島水族館) bus stop, Sasebo city bus
Access: From Sasebo station's bus terminal, take the city bus for 25 minutes to Pearl Sea Resort Kujukushima Suizokan bus stop, it's right there
Price Range: Adults 1400 yen, children 700 yen
Phone Number: 0956-28-4187
Website: Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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