Europe Feels at Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch. The universe’s way of foreshadowing my eventual trip to Europe or its consolation prize for my Schengen Visa rejection from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Whichever it might be, it gave me a pretty good glimpse of what I could have found had I managed to fly off to the Netherlands. I guess the only thing missing was the Anne Frank House.

Huis Ten Bosch

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In the Netherlands, Huis Ten Bosch is a royal palace in The Hague, one of the official residences of the Dutch Royal Family. In Japan, Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park that takes inspiration from an old Dutch town, at the same time gathering several Dutch landmarks in one vast area that merges classical European themes and modern Japanese technology.

Hotel Amsterdam, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

Even from the train, Hotel Amsterdam dominates the Sasebo skyline of Huis Ten Bosch, a teaser of what’s to come.

Welcome to Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

Windmills in the distance. Heart fluttered and made an excited jump in my chest.

Windmills, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

A walk down the flower road while marveling at the Netherlands’ most iconic structures.

Replica of the Kasteel Nijenrode, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

Modeled from the 13th century old Dutch castle, Kasteel Nijenrode, this replica houses a teddy bear museum.

Teddy Bear Museum, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

Teddy bear circus at the Teddy Bear Kingdom.

Huis Ten Bosch Canal, Nagasaki, Japan

Just as Amsterdam is full of canals, Huis Ten Bosch also has a 6km canal that extends throughout the theme park.

Happy Rain Street, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

These colorful umbrellas can surely cheer up even a gloomy rainy day.

Europe feels at Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

Cobbled streets and Europe feels.

Count Chocolate's Mansion, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

The giant chocolate bar hanging from the ceiling of Count Chocolate’s Mansion.

Flower Ice Cafe, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

Flower Ice Cafe, a sub-zero cafe that either makes you leave your (very expensive) drink after a few sips, or make you down them in less than a minute.

Flowers at the Flower Ice Cafe, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

Freezing flowers, trapped inside the cafe.

Passoa Orange, Moscow Mule, Flower Ice Cafe, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

Make your drinks count. Choose the Passoa Orange or the Moscow Mule.

Amsterdam Square, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

Pretty flowers at the square.

Houses, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

Narrow Dutch houses during dusk.

Gyaman Museum, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

The Gyaman museum features artworks made of glass. Its main attraction is the 3.5 meters high chandelier.

Replica of Domtoren or the Dom Tower of Utrecht, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

Replica of the Dom Tower of Utretch, the highest church tower of the Netherlands.

Huis Ten Bosch at night, Nagasaki, Japan

Huis Ten Bosch from the observatory of Domtoren. Good thing that unlike its Dutch original, this tower has a lift!

Domtoren at night, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

Me, contemplating the pretty canal and the Domtoren.

Rose Garden, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

The Rose Garden masquerading as a tulip garden at night.

Canal of Illumination, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

The light and fountain canal has dazzling underwater illuminations and music-timed fountain shows. In the background, the White Ferris Wheel, a symbol of happiness.

Palace Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

The Palace Huis Ten Bosch, inspiration of the theme park.

Umbrella Streee at night, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

Me, loving the umbrella street vibe.

Windmills at night Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan

Until next time, Huis Ten Bosch!

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How to get to Huis Ten Bosch

Address: 1-1 Huis Ten Bosch, Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture
From Hakata Station: 100 minutes by Hui Ten Bosch Limited Express Train to Huis Ten Bosch Station
Park Hours: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Adult Admission Fees:
6,700 JPY (One Day Passport)
4,200 (Strolling Ticket)

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Note: Winter Illumination Period: October 29th, 2016 – May 7th, 2017

October 20, 2016

***All photos were taken using iPhone 6

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Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

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