Sasebo, in the prefecture of Nagasaki, is a port city that has been Japan's most important naval base since the late 19th century; U.S. naval personnel occupy a part of the city within the U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo base, which is home to eight U.S. naval ships. Sasebo is also convenient to the Dutch-themed Huis Ten Bosch theme park that has several hotels, including the world's first hotel to be staffed completely by robots (although some humans sit behind the scenes, apparently). Its surroundings are pretty, with its Ninety-nine Islands, known in Japanese as Kujukushima, an area visited by many tourists. With this diversity, Sasebo MICE venues are adept at handling groups.
The principal airport servicing Sasebo is the Nagasaki Airport (NGS), which is approximately 40 miles south of the center of Sasebo. It has international service only to Shanghai, China, and Seoul, South Korea, as well as domestic service to major Japanese cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo.
The city's main MICE venue is Arkas Sasebo, which has a main exhibit hall able to cater to 2,000 persons and several meeting rooms and other areas for events, which include A List musicians and bands.
MICE hotels in this coastal city include the 190-room Sasebo Washington, which has four meeting rooms, including Yurikamore and Camellia that both have room for 60 persons; the 172-room Central Hotel Sasebo, which has a ballroom, three banquet rooms and four meeting rooms, the largest catering to 100 persons, and the 152-room Resol Sasebo, which has both conference and banquet rooms, too. At Huis Ten Bosch, which has meeting rooms and functions areas all over its huge space, are, surrounding a reflecting pool, the 326-room De L'Europe Huis Ten Bosch, a re-creation of the Amsterdam hotel of the same name; and the 228-room Watermark Hotel Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch, which itself has meeting space for up to 100 persons.
Unique event space in Sasebo includes the facilities and grounds of the Kujukushima Zoo & Botanical Garden Mori Kirara; the ship Pearl Queen—half pirate ship, half sleek yacht—which is docked at the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, has space for up to 120 persons and sails around the Ninety-nine Islands; and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kure Museum, which exhibits submarines and minesweeping equipment and has conference space and an exhibition hall. Huis Ten Bosch contains both convention center re-creating Amsterdam's Concertgebouw conference and concert facility, and Palace Huis Ten Bosch, which is a re-creation of a 17th-century royal palace in The Hague, The Netherlands that has numerous rooms for events and landscaped grounds.
Excellent restaurants in Sasebo—and American influence can be seen here—include Thai restaurant Nila Kamal; Hachinoya, which serves local delicacies; and teppanyaki grill Kujukushima Kaiyuu at the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort. At Huis Ten Bosch are the fine-dining De Admiraal, which has a French, not Dutch, menu, and Amsterdam Garden Restaurant, which has an international menu and an outdoor patio with umbrellas that overlooks one of the attraction's large concert and event areas.