A Complete Guide to Huis Ten Bosch – A little Netherlands in Japan

Have you ever thought about visiting Holland in Japan? I guess not, right? No one visits Japan and thinks “Oh we should take a canal tour and observe the beauty of tulip field”. Honestly, I didn’t, either. I didn’t imagine that one day I would visit “Amsterdam” in Japan, but I went there. If you’re seeking for an alternative experience while traveling to Japan, I recommend 100% to visit Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki, Japan.

 

So, what is Huis Ten Bosch?

Huis Ten Bosch (ハウステンボス) is a Dutch theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan. It resembles the Netherlands by displaying life-sized copies of old Dutch buildings in Middle Age. Also, there are various attractions such as games, museums, windmills, wooden houses, beautiful canal, etc. With several restaurants located in every corner of the streets, you can enjoy delicious food from all over the world. The hotel systems in Huis Ten Bosch are impressive as well. You can choose to stay in Hotel Europe, Hotel Amsterdam, and Hotel Forest Villa. Huis Ten Bosch is famous for its outstanding light show at night as well.

Huis Ten Bosch is a small Netherlands

 

How to get to Huis Ten Bosch?

You can take a direct train from Hakata station, Fukuoka to Huis Ten Bosch station. The journey is around 2 hours, and it’s the final stop so you won’t get lost (If you get on the correct train of course). Hakata Train Station is huge, so make sure that you’re on the right train.

Here is the timetable from 04/03/2017 – 28/02/2018. You can download it here.

Also, you can check out the JR Kyushu Train.

You can use the JR Kyushu Rail Pass for this train as well. I recommend purchasing JR Kyushu Rail Pass if you’re in Kyushu. In order to buy this pass, you must fulfill these 2 requirements:

  • Hold a passport issued by a country other than Japan.
  • Reside outside Japan and are visiting Japan on a short-stay visa.

I’m a student at a university in Japan, and I purchased this to travel around Kyushu area. You can ride Shinkansen with this Rail Pass as well.

 

How much does it cost for Huis Ten Bosch?

There are different types of tickets that you can purchase. Here is the ticket price

Tips: Carry your ticket all the time

You have to show your ticket EVERYWHERE in this theme park. Because it’s divided into different areas, you need to show your ticket when you get to a different part. Also, you need to show your ticket at the attractions because Huis Ten Bosch offers different ticket package with and without attraction. So, my advice is NOT TO LOSE your ticket! You won’t able to move around or enjoy any activity here without a ticket.

 

Discovering Huis Ten Bosch

I was surprised to visit this place at the first time because it did not look like Japan at all. When you first arrived at the train station, you need to cross the bridge to the island.

Huis Ten Bosch station

Huis Ten Bosch station

Welcome to Huis Ten Bosch

 

Huis Ten Bosch gate

The gate to enter Huis Ten Bosch

 

Huis Ten Bosch building

When you pass through the gate, you will see this building

 

Canal Tour

Canal Tour

You can take a Canal Tour around Huis Ten Bosch and explore many beautiful Dutch buildings.

 

The Village

Huis Ten Bosch Town

The architecture resembles Amsterdam – the heart of Netherlands.

 

Huis Ten Bosch Windmill

Huis Ten Bosch Windmill

 

Huis Ten Bosch from above

Here is how Huis Ten Bosch looks like from above. You can take an elevator to the highest point of this theme park and observe the scene.

 

Foodie Guide

Yogurt

It’s time for something cold, and yogurt is a perfect choice!

 

Sasebo Burger

You cannot miss Sasebo burger if you visit Nagasaki. This burger is really famous, and it’s tasty too!

 

Ramen

Kyushu has the best ramen in Japan, and the restaurant serves amazing ramen soup with cheap price.

At night

Huis Ten Bosch at night

I specifically love the light show. At night, I was blown away by the illumination display. The whole park was light up with colorful lights and parade. The park had a magical and romantic atmosphere at that time, so don’t miss out the night there.

Huis Ten Bosch palace

Huis ten Bosch Palace is a royal palace in The Hague in the Netherlands. This Palace was built for Queen Beatrix in 1981, and it was the home of Princess Beatrix until early 2014.

 

Firework

Don’t miss the firework at 9 pm!

Note:

  • No Weed is Allowed: Even though it resembles Netherlands, it’s illegal to buy and smoke weed here. So, the atmosphere is a bit different from the “real” Amsterdam, where you can get high easily just by walking on the street.
  • No Red Light District: There’s no red light district in Huis Ten Bosch either. I was expecting something like that before I went, but Huis Ten Bosch was still a theme park for all ages.

I hope you will have a nice trip in Huis Ten Bosch! XO


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16 replies
  1. Erin says:

    How interesting! I had never heard of Amsterdam in Japan before and doesn’t it look just like it! Thanks so much for the handy details for visitors to use the rail pass – I must remember that! And no weed allowed… lol!

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  2. Juliette S says:

    Japan sure does have everything, doesn’t it! I certainly wouldn’t expect a Dutch influence though! This is super unique – and at the same time, not overly surprising that it exists in Japan! The architecture and buildings are incredible over there, so they really can create anything they want. How fascinating! Although Japan is very strict on drugs…so not quite the ‘true’ Amsterdam experience ha ha!

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    • Ha says:

      Haha, I agree with the “drug” part! Lots of people visit Amsterdam, or Netherlands in general just to try some weeds… so this is not “true Amsterdam” ^^

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  3. Lisa says:

    This is such a fantastic park Ha! I’m so impressed by how they got everything right, including the Dutch grey weather! Great tip about not losing your ticket; I’ll remember that. And yes, I’m not surprised there’s no smoking weed or a red light district here!

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  4. Lois Alter Mark says:

    Whoa, what an interesting and totally unique concept. I love the idea of being able to visit two places at once! Though I’ve never been to Japan, Huis Ten Bosch seems to be a spot-on replica of Amsterdam. So cool!

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  5. Sara Essop says:

    This theme park is so beautiful. I’ve never heard of it before and I’d never have guessed that it was in Japan if I just had to see the photos. Haha, to the note on weed and the red-light district.

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  6. Tania Mukherjee says:

    Wow this sounds like such an offbeat place to visit in Japan. Your tip about carrying the ticket all the time and not losing it once you enter the park is so helpful. I have a very bad habit of doing away with the ticket once I clear the entrance.

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  7. Swati & Sam says:

    This looks like Netherlands or Belgium, it is so similar. Loved the detailed write-up. We would have never thought about a Dutch garden in the Japanese world. Beautiful shots of the fireworks.

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  8. Danielle says:

    Wow, this is so odd! I’ve never heard of this and didn’t think something like this would ever exist ha! Very interesting and clever, looks very much like the Netherlands!

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  9. Kevin del Prado says:

    Japan is really blessed with a lot of theme parks. And this is the first time I’ve heard about Huis ten Bosch. Will probably consider it when I visit Japan next year. But Nagasaki seems too far to me.

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  10. Ami Bhat says:

    This does look like Holland. And it looks really beautiful. I have heard that there is so much to see in places other than Tokyo and this place does prove that. Thanks for sharing this

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