Set Sail to the Islands of Kujukushima in Nagasaki
Navigate the clear blue waters from the opening scene of “The Last Samurai”
Just a stone’s throw from the city of Sasebo lies one of Japan’s most stunning ocean views, the Kujukushima islands in Saikai National Park. Literally meaning “99 Islands,” there are actually more than 200 verdant patches scattered along the coastline. While the islands are undeniably beautiful, their real charm only emerges at closer quarters. Head to the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort for yachting, kayaking or a choice of island cruises.
Alternatively, embark on a solo ocean trip with one of the many rental yachts or kayaks at the resort. Finally, during Golden Week or weekends between August and October, board a sunset cruise and snap photos of the islands at their very best, as the glittering reflections on the water turn the islands into dark droplets in a sea of gold.
Access: From Tokyo Haneda Airport, fly to Nagasaki Airport (about 1 hour and 55 minutes); take the Saihi Bus to the Sasebo Eki Mae stop (about 1 hour and 30 minutes); take a taxi to the resort area (about 10 minutes).
Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort
1008 Kashimae-cho, Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki-ken
Approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes or more