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    Huis Ten Bosch: Dutch theme park in Japan

    Far from Tokyo Disneyland, in Nagasaki Prefecture, lies Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park recognizing the trading partnership between the Netherlands and Japan that dates back to the early 17th century. Most of the buildings you will see in these pictures are replicas of Dutch buildings.

    My wife and I were visiting family in nearby Navy base housing, and that put us within walking distance from the "Free Zone" and the back entrance of the park. We were able to visit the park three times during our visit, and I've uploaded over 100 photos to a photobucket album found at HuisTenBosch pictures by trekkiedad - Photobucket. Rather than post all of them here, I'll select some of the better examples for your viewing pleasure. Not all will be described in detail.

    One of the icons of the Netherlands is the windmill, and this is one of several located in the front of the park.


    Here are some examples of the architecture found in the park.




















    Of course, there were canals.














    There were large gardens, a formal one of roses, and the seasonal "art garden" which was filled with sunflowers.








    Notice the ferris wheel in the background? It's 42 meters high and affords some magnificent views of the park and Omura Bay beyond.










    There were several forms of transportation in the park: boats, buses, rental bikes, and this thing.


    What's a theme park without a parade? In this one, spectators were squirted with water guns.










    No theme park would be complete without activities for children.




    Food and shopping.
















    And some pictures I'm not going to categorize.








    That pretty much sums up our experience in Huis Ten Bosch. In the near future I'll post pictures from other places we visited in Nagasaki prefecture.
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    Re: Huis Ten Bosch: Dutch theme park in Japan

    Wow, Gary. Great pictures of a beautiful park. I've never heard of this park before, but it loos to be of even higher quality and immersion than Epcot's World Showcase.

    Were there rides?
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    Re: Huis Ten Bosch: Dutch theme park in Japan

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    Wow, Gary. Great pictures of a beautiful park. I've never heard of this park before, but it loos to be of even higher quality and immersion than Epcot's World Showcase.

    Were there rides?
    The buildings are full scale replicas, not movie sets or façades. The interiors are shops, restaurants, hotels, museums, and/or entertainment venues. Other than the ferris wheel and the various modes of transportation, I didn't see much in the way of rides. More is explained at their website.

    HUIS TEN BOSCH Entertainment
    HUIS TEN BOSCH Hotels
    HUIS TEN BOSCH Museums

    The comparison to Epcot's World Showcase is a valid one, with Huis Ten Bosch being more expansive and based on a single country.
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    Re: Huis Ten Bosch: Dutch theme park in Japan

    It also, from an Anime Fan's standpoint, served as an inspiration for numerous Manga and Japanese Anime. Looks cool!


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    Re: Huis Ten Bosch: Dutch theme park in Japan

    As a person born and raised in Holland I find this very amusing :P A bit scary though because it's all very accurate! I don't really get why someone would spent a full day in a park like this....

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