Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture that recreates Holland by displaying real size copies of old Dutch buildings. The name Huis Ten Bosch literally translates into English as “House in the Forest”. It is named after Huis ten Bosch Palace, one of the four official residences of the Dutch Royal Family, located in The Hague in the Netherlands.

The park features many Dutch-style buildings such as hotels, villas, theatres, museums, shops and restaurants, along with canals, windmills, amusement rides and a park planted in seasonal flowers. Huis Ten Bosch, which opened in March 1992, is located on Hario Island in the southern part of Sasebo, facing Omura Bay. Its location reflects historical relations between the Netherlands and Japan, which began in 1609 when a trading post was opened by the Dutch in Hirado, not far from Sasebo. The park is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. (9.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. from December to February). A day “passport” ticket, covering entry and a number of attractions within the park costs 5,600 yen for adults and 4,400 yen for children. The park can be reached by JR train or bus from Nagasaki. It can also be reached by boat from Nagasaki Airport or from Sasebo. source:

On the morning of the second day of out Kyushu trip, we took the Huis Ten Bosch limited express train from Hakata station to Huis Ten Bosch.

It was the tulip season during early March. The windmills, canals and tulip fields created an uncanny feeling that one was transported to somewhere in Holland rather than in Japan.

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