USS Denver
Decommissioned August 14, 2014

Welcome Aboard!

Thank you for requesting information on Sasebo! This Welcome Aboard Page contains a wealth of information designed to help you in your pcs move and will answer most of your questions. Make sure to check the Welcome Aboard website for Command Fleet Activities Sasebo if you have not done so already. Also, please visit your local Fleet and Family Support Centerand because they might have a copy of our "Welcome to Sasebo" video available for your review.

Welcome Aboard contents include:

-Pre-arrival Checklist

-Travel Records Kit: Useful Contents

-Arrival Checklist -Transportation in Sasebo

-Fukuoka Airport Also Downloadable in a printable document that has PSD Sasebo Information.


Here is a list of ideas that new arrivals can do to help themselves while getting ready for their transfer to Sasebo.

• Contact a shipboard sponsor : Engineering : Deck : Supply : Air : Executive / Medical : Operations

• Check out the Welcome Aboard Package from the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC).

• Ask for a Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service SITES package.

• Check out a "Welcome to Sasebo" video from the FFSC or the Housing Office.

• Inquire about the Sponsor Program through the FFSC or your gaining command.

• Visit your local video store, bookstore and library and research books and videos that will give you an overview of Japan and what to expect.

• Purchase inexpensive Japanese language tapes and learn new words and helpful phrases before your arrival.

• Surf the Internet! Pull up the sites on Sasebo, Japan ( If you are traveling with pets, find all necessary information one month in advance. Remember, if you go on leave for thirty days, your pet still needs a currant ten-day record. Do not get a flight connecting through Hawaii, which has fourteen-day quarantine for all animals.


• Birth Certificates

• Social Security Numbers

• Expense log book

• Military and insurance ID cards

• Travelers checks

• PCS orders (multiple copies)

• Insurance policies (vehicle, life, health, umbrella liability)

• Marriage or divorce papers

• Pet immunization records

• Power of attorney (if applicable)

• Copy of wills, serial numbers (of valuable electronic equipment)

• Children's medical, dental, optical records

• Financial and investment records

• Charge and credit card account information

• Truck rental agreement (if DITY)

• Bank account, credit card, credit line account numbers

• School transcripts and referring letters

• Car registration(s)


• Stamp passports at P.S.D. at Building #154.

• Check in with the Housing Office at Building #154 located on the second floor. Bring copy of orders, DD Form 1746, Detaching Endorsement and copy of Dependent Approval.

• Go to the personal Property Office at Building #154. If your household goods or your express shipment is expected to be in Sasebo at the time of your arrival, please bring a copy of your orders and your government Bill of Lading (DD Form 619).

• Go to post office at Building #310 to register for new P.O. Box number.

• Families with children, please contact school for registration.

Main Base, E.J. King School (Pre-K- 12) 252-3600

Hario, J.N. Darby, & nbsp(Pre-K- 6) 252-8800

A Registration package must be picked up at the school and signed by the sponsor.

• Contact your Ship's Ombudsman (check your ship’s website).

• Command Indoctrination Sign-up: Bldg 310 - Sign up for the Indoc and ICR (Intercultural Relations) workshop. This is mandatory for all sponsors and highly recommended for family members.

• Visit the Branch Medical & Dental Clinics Bldg 1529 - Drop off family member's medical and dental records. If you didn't bring them, they will request them from your previous clinic.

T.L.A. (Temporary Lodging Allowance) If the ship is at sea, go to P.S.D. at Building #154. If the ship is in port, go directly to Personnel Office. Bring paid hotel receipts (after each tend day increment), prior to 0800 to ensure collection of T.L.A. on the same working day. Any receipt brought after 1300, will be processed the following working day.



1) JR Kyushu Sasebo to Hakata (Fukuoka): 1hr 50 min; 14 trips daily Sasebo to Nagasaki: 1hr 40 min; 10 trips daily Sasebo to Tokyo: 18 hrs by Sleeper Train; 1 trip daily Sasebo to Osaka: 12 hrs by Sleeper Train; 1 trip daily Hakata to Tokyo: 6 hrs by Super Express Train Hakata to Osaka: 3 hrs by Super Express Train

2) Mr Nishi Kyushu (Leaves once every hour. Total of 25 daily trips.) Sasebo to Hiradoguchi Matsuura to Imari Hiradoguchi to Matsuura Imari to Arita

TAXIS Yaie Taxi: 31-8347 King Taxi : 0956-22-4136 Kyokei Taxi: 0956-22-6666 Sasebo Kanko Taxi: 0956-33-8181 Sanko Taxi: 0956-31-7373 Tenjin Taxi: 0956-31-7564 Motomachi Taxi: 0956-22-6101

Taxi initial/basic charge is 550 yen and 80 yen for the first 1.5 km and 80 yen for every 450 meters after that. Word of Caution: Taxi doors open and close automatically, so be careful!


Shiei City Bus (ivory/cream colored local bus) Shiei buses have the entrance in the middle and the exit in the front of the bus. Pay your fare before depart the bus.

Saihi Bus (silver and blue express bus) This bus goes on a farther route than Shiei. Saihi buses have one entrance and exit. Take a ticket when you board the bus. Display board located in front of the bus shows change in prices as it goes from one stop to another. Ring the buzzer to depart.


• City Wharf to Goto Island: Kyushu Shousen Co.; tel: 24-4972

• Kasbimae Pier to Hirado: Cobalt Line Tokushin; tel: 28-4812

• Kashimae Pier Sightseeing Ship "Kaio" 99 Islands Cruise; tel: 28-2522 (Reservations are needed/or the 99 Islands cruise. You may call MWR Tours and Travel at 252-3433).


1. All personnel wishing to utilize airport shuttle service must sign-up for the appropriate shuttle. Sign-up can be made electronically via a link on the CFAS website ( or at the CMS bus station (bldg #2031). There is no need to make a reservation when traveling from Fukuoka Airport to CFAS.

2. Personnel traveling with PSD/TAD orders have first priority and must have a copy of their orders ready to give to the driver / designated representative prior to boarding the bus.

3. Personnel traveling on Emergency Leave or OTEIP have second priority and must show driver / designated representative authorized leave papers prior to boarding the bus.

4. Personnel traveling not covered under categories listed on notes 2-3 are considered "Space A". Transportation cannot be guaranteed for "Space A" personnel. "Space A" passengers will have last priority and will board the bus in the order based upon earliest date of sign-up. All "Space A" personnel will be required to show valid military or government ID prior to boarding the bus. "Space A” personnel are subject to being bumped at any time during the boarding process. All special transportation requirements, ie: pets, special needs, or emergency transportation must be approved by the CFAS Transportation Coordinator.

5. Separate transportation will be provided for the following personnel traveling on PCS or TAD orders. A) Active Duty 0-6 and above. B) Commanding Officers of all ships

6. No personnel will be allowed on the bus until the bus driver is ready to board.


Departure from MAIN BASE: The bus will first go to the International Terminal and drop off passengers, then proceed to the Domestic Terminal. The bus will remain at the Domestic Terminal parking lot # 3 until the scheduled departure time to Main Base.

Arrive into FUKUOKA: The bus will wait at the Domestic Terminal parking lot # 3. International passengers should take the Fukuoka Airport Shuttle (runs every 15 minutes) to parking lot # 3 to board the bus. Passengers arriving at the Domestic Terminal should walk directly to parking lot # 3 to board the bus. On the last run of the evening (2230), the bus will proceed to the International Terminal (lower deck) prior to departure to Main Base.

US Navy Recruiting | US Navy | US Marine Corps | Navy Reserves | Individual Augmentee
No Fear Act | FOIA | | Veterans Crisis Line | Vote | DoD SafeHelpline
This is an official United States Navy Website. This US Government system is subject to monitoring. Please read our Privacy Policy and Section 508/Accessibility Statement.

The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense, or the United States Department of the Navy of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy  does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD web site.