All service members and civilian personnel are required to check in with the Housing Services Center (HSC) prior to agreeing to rent, lease, or purchase of housing. Personnel entering into rental lease agreements without negotiating them through the HSC risk being disallowed payment of housing allowances but will still be held accountable to pay for the rental lease agreement out-of-pocket. Only rental properties that are inspected, approved and listed by the HSC will be considered valid for payment of Living Quarters Allowance (LQA) and Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA).
Family housing in Sasebo currently comprise a total of 749 units located at Dragon Vale, Fiddler’s Green, and Hario Village. Dragon Vale and Fiddler’s Green housing areas are located right outside the main base in the City of Sasebo, Japan. Hario Village is located at scenic Hario-shima (Hario Island) and is right beside Huis Ten Bosch – a Dutch Village & Theme Park. We offer two, three and four bedroom units located in mid-rise and high-rise apartments, garden units, and town homes.
Dragon Vale / Fiddler’s Green
Dragon Vale and Fiddler’s Green housing areas are located across the street from Sasebo Naval Base. Residents utilize all main base facilities including the commissary, medical clinic, gyms, swimming pool, Movie Theater, restaurants, banks, chapel, post office and the Navy Exchange. Located in the Main Base housing area you will find Sasebo Elementary School (K-6), E.J. King School (7-12), teen center, youth center, and a child development center. There are 217 homes which are a combination of tower apartments, garden-style apartments, and townhouses. There are several variants of two, three and four bedroom units. Sizes and floor plans may vary.
The Hario Village housing area is a scenic and peaceful community located 25 minutes from Main Base (via the expressway). There is a home-to-work shuttle bus program that runs two times a day between Main Base and Hario Village. In addition to the 532 family housing units, Hario Village has the larger commissary, a gym, swimming pool, tennis courts, teen center, youth center, community center, village theater, chapel, post office, ATM, food court, gas station, medical/dental clinic, NEX Home Store, and a child development center. Also located at Hario Village is J.N. Darby Elementary School (K-6). Middle School and High School students are bussed to the E.J. King School at Main Base.
Off Base Japanese Rental Units
Most newcomers are shocked by their first look at available rental houses. Expect to see small houses averaging 720 square feet or less for a two bedroom unit. They are built with unfamiliar materials like tatami (straw mat) floors, and unfamiliar appliances or no appliances at all. Newer homes have only one or two tatami rooms; the rest have tile or hardwood floors, and some homes have no tatami.
The standard bedroom size is six tatami, about 9 ft. by 12 ft. A "large master bedroom" is eight tatami, or 12ft. by 12 ft. Houses often have narrow doors and halls, and narrower staircases (e.g., 27 inch wide doors). Therefore, king size mattresses often won't fit upstairs. Door frames are often lower, about six feet from floor to top. Oversized couches or overstuffed chairs may not fit, since dining rooms are often just one end of a living room. Storage inside the house or outside may be limited or non-existent, and there is usually no attic or basement and no garage.
Members with large families having a four or more bedroom requirement are advised that suitable accommodations in both on and off base housing are severely limited. Sponsors in this category should seriously consider preceding the family to Japan to find appropriate accommodations.
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