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Huis Ten Bosch - The miniature Netherlands in the heart of Japan

Huis Ten Bosch attracts us since all the architecture and buildings in this park were reproduced in Dutch style so authentically that visitors feel as if they were lost in beautiful Europe. We stopped by Nagasaki on a sunny summer morning…

Hương Giang

Hương Giang

Published on 25 Aug, 12:00

The birth of Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park built in 1992 in Sasebo (Nagasaki), as a bond of friendship between the Netherlands and Japan. It looks like a huge residence of a Dutch royal family with the European atmosphere, spectacular canals, buildings, and windmills.

Transportation and ticket price

An orange metro, whose color was the same as the T-shirts of Dutch football players in every match, slowly took us to "The Kingdom of Windmills". There is a station named Huis Ten Bosch, which is only a 5-minute walk from the amusement park.

The particular orange metro looks so cute
The particular orange metro looks so cute

Each entrance ticket costs 7 sen, which is relatively high compared with other recreational areas. However, you will not regret it anymore if you visit this place by yourself and directly view the colorful flower gardens, giant windmills, and gigantic hotels!

This is the welcome gate, which looks so lovely
This is the welcome gate, which looks so lovely

The must-do things when you visit Huis Ten Bosch

1 - Admiring flowers and taking photos with the windmills

As soon as we entered the park, we encountered scenery just like in a fairy tale, where there was a large green lawn as a background for colorful flowers. Many kinds of flowers, such as roses, sunflowers, lavenders, etc., were planted in the straight lines alongside the tranquil rivers.

The mighty windmills depicted in "Don Quixote" were looming before our eyes. Behind them were the huge castles like ancient royal palaces. In fact, they are not castles but simply large hotels to serve tourists.

I felt as if I had been lost in a garden of royal families, and they had been wearing Western European skirts, together with floral lace fans and overnight parties. I had that thinking because the scenery here was too similar to a palatial palace in movies or in fairy tales, not in Japan.

The picturesque scenery
The picturesque scenery
The garden full of flowers and the
The garden full of flowers and the "castle" from a distance
Huis Ten Bosch - The miniature Netherlands in the heart of Japan
The colorful flowers, from red, yellow to blue and violet
The colorful flowers, from red, yellow to blue and violet

The close view of the hotel is as gorgeous as the Royal Palace
The close view of the hotel is as gorgeous as the Royal Palace
The city gate with unique doors that we often see in films
The city gate with unique doors that we often see in films
The roses hanging everywhere look so great!
The roses hanging everywhere look so great!
Walking around the park, you will find
Walking around the park, you will find "this small town" really romantic

2- Taking a river cruise to admire the Netherlands

The entrance ticket has included the cruise ticket, so you do not need to buy a new ticket when coming here. Traveling along the small river, we had countless great angles to take photos of a lifetime.

Domtoren tower is a favorite destination of photographers and visitors from over the world. It is the symbolic tower of Huis Ten Bosch, inspired by the bell tower of the oldest church in the Netherlands.

Every angle, every street, and building look like a little European town. We sat on the same cruise with two other Western friends. They were all surprised and seemed interested as the architecture was even more beautiful than in their country. While there is a decreasing number of windmills in the Netherlands, they could see the huge blades rotating slowly in the sky of Japan.

The panoramic view of Huis Ten Bosch from above
The panoramic view of Huis Ten Bosch from above
Huis Ten Bosch - The miniature Netherlands in the heart of Japan
The sceneries on both sides of the river
The sceneries on both sides of the river
The famous Domtoren tower
The famous Domtoren tower

3 - Walking on the romantic "Umbrella Street"

Huis Ten Bosch held our legs the whole day as it has many places to discover, such as Umbrella Street, where many colorful umbrellas hanging above. We came here to take photos and avoid the harsh sun at noon of the April summer.

There was an ice-cream shop located right on the road that we visited. Enjoying ice cream and taking a photoshoot for a virtual living are the things you must do when coming here.

An extremely cool place
An extremely cool place
At night, there would be super sparkling flashing lights
At night, there would be super sparkling flashing lights

4 - Discovering small museums

One of the unique recreational places is the Teddy Bear Kingdom or Robot Shop, where you can experience the feeling of being a guest to the kingdom of bears or robots in movies.

The Kingdom of Teddy Bear
The Kingdom of Teddy Bear
The giant Teddy bear will be dressed in suitable clothes on every special occasion
The giant Teddy bear will be dressed in suitable clothes on every special occasion
The way to create a Teddy bear
The way to create a Teddy bear
You can buy a souvenir right here
You can buy a souvenir right here
Visiting the
Visiting the "Kingdom" of Robot
The elaborately made robots
The elaborately made robots

Some experiences I have still not tried, but I highly recommend you to have

  • Let's enjoy the incredible and luxurious dishes in huge hotels or nearby restaurants. Since we had another trip, we did not stop there to eat. I heard that their space and food are also very European!
  • Let's come here on holidays like Christmas or New Year to experience more activities, for example, Christmas market, fireworks festival or beer garden, etc. It will be very fantastic to immerse in the festivals like those in Europe!

The thing I love most when visiting Huis Ten Bosch is feeling the Dutch atmosphere right in the heart of Japan. Despite not having enough time to take part in recreational activities, having a chance to come here and admire the beautiful sceneries of Europe was enough for me to fall in love with this place!

If you have a chance to go to Nagasaki, come here and visit this wonderful place!

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Hương Giang

Hương Giang

Hi guys, my name is Huong Giang. I love travelling and Japan is the place that I can do what I desire to do. I hope my experiences will inspire you and it would be glad if we can share our things in common <3

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