Sasebo is a city located in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. As of 2011, the city has an estimated population of 259,800 and the density of 609 persons per Square kilometers. The total area is 426.47 Square kilometers. The locality is famed for its scenic beauty. The city includes a part of Saikai National Park. Located in the southern part of the city is the Dutch-styled theme park Huis ten Bosch. The area of present-day Sasebo was a rather insignificant fishing village under the control of nearby Hirado Domain until shortly after the start of the Meiji period. Imperial Japanese Navy Admiral Togo Heihachiro, when surveying the coasts of northwestern Kysh for the site of a navy base, selected his location based on its protected, deep-water harbor, geographic proximity to China and Korea, and the presence of nearby coal fields. The city was the site of the Sasebo slashing, the murder of a young girl in 2004, which received considerable media coverage.