The Port of Sasebo (Japanese) is Sasebo City’s most outstanding feature. From its opening in 1889 until World War II, it was a major trade port for Western Japan with a flourishing shipbuilding industry. The Sasebo Port Terminal covers about five thousand square meters.
With the arrival of the Americans in the late 1940s and early 1950s, it became known as the “Naval Base City.” The influence of the US citizens who lived there can be seen everywhere in the Port of Sasebo.
The Port of Sasebo has an active fishery. The fishing fleet stays near the coast where it finds abundant fish, and many oyster and pearl farms are located on the Port of Sasebo’s Kujuku Island. Oysters from the Port of Sasebo are prized all over Japan.