While in Sasebo, make sure you spend some time at Sasebo Harbor.
When it comes to getting the best from your holidays, remember that Sasebo is just the tip of the iceberg; Nagasaki has been blessed with an abundance of fabulous things to see and do. Ureshino and Genkai are two other places worth visiting while you're in Nagasaki.
While you are staying in Sasebo, why don't you head to Nagasaki. Approximately 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the south, this regional city is home to Urakami Cathedral, Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture and Nyoko-do Hermitage. Nagasaki Subtropical Botanical Garden, Sofuku-ji and Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims are some other popular places worth checking out for those who have more time on their hands.
To really understand the customs of the area, take the time to visit the region's restaurants. These are good spots to strike up a conversation with people who live in the area as well as sample common dishes. Champon (pork and seafood noodles) and kakuni (braised pork) are two regional treats to taste.
When the time comes to leave Sasebo, put the lens cap back on your camera, spend your last of your yen, and bid a fond Sayōnara (farewell) to this unique vacation spot.