Kujukushima, which literally means “99 islands,” got their name from the sheer number of islands in the area. In fact, there are 208 islands, and the intricate ria coastlines offer up beautiful natural vistas. The islands are famous for their sunsets, and they are a club member of the World’s Most Beautiful Bays.
Surrounded by steep rocky mountains and with few flat areas, the islands are dotted with lookout points One such lookout point that is popular with photographers is the Ishidake Observatory, where the silhouettes of the islands at dusk are so beautiful that they are reminiscent of ink-wash paintings.
In all, there are nine lookout points where you can enjoy spectacular views, including Takashimabandake, the only lookout point where you can see the sunrise from Kujukushima. Tenkaiho is the most popular lookout point in Sasebo, where you can enjoy a 180-degree panoramic view of Kujukushima. Next, Yumiharidake affords a panoramic view of three sides of the city and Sasebo Port both day and night.