Located in Sasebo city in Nagasaki, Huis Ten Bosch (ハウステンボス) is one of the most unique theme parks in Japan. Huis Ten Bosch is, in fact, the largest park in this country.
Known as “Little Europe”, Huis Ten Bosch resembles the Netherlands in the Middle Ages by displaying life-sized copies of old Dutch buildings.
There are 6 kingdoms in Huis Ten Bosch theme park: the Kingdom of Flowers, the Kingdom of Light, the Kingdom of Games, the Kingdom of Music Show, the Kingdom of Health and Beauty, and the Kingdom of Robots.
The theme park also offers various attractions, museums, hotels, etc.
With several restaurants located in every corner of the streets, you can enjoy delicious food from all over the world. At night, Huis Ten Bosch is really lively with its famous light show.
Closed on 30 Mar, 21 Sep 2019
Address: Huis Ten Bosch Town 1-1, Sasebo, Nagasaki
Please note that every customer has a chance to re-enter the park after exiting the first time. This applies to park entrances, with the exception of the harbor gate (free zone and charging zone) and west gate.
I would recommend printing and carrying mobile voucher on your phone for your convenience.
III. How to get to Huis Ten Bosch?
From Hakata station in Fukuoka
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
You can take a direct train from Hakata station, Fukuoka to Huis Ten Bosch station.
The journey is around 1 hour 40 minutes, and it’s the final stop so you won’t get lost. Hakata Train Station is huge, so make sure that you’re on the right train.
From Nagasaki Station
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
From Nagasaki station, there is a direct train to Huis Ten Bosch station. The train departs every hour.
You’ll be surprised when visiting Huis Ten Bosch because it doesn’t look like any place in Japan. In fact, it brings the feeling of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Visiting Holland in Japan? Crazy thoughts, 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, and the trip was great.
1. Get to Huis Ten Bosch station
Huis Ten Bosch station is the final stop for Fukuoka – Huis Ten Bosch, so it’s really easy to get to this theme park. There are toilets in the station so just make sure to use it.
There’s a beautiful bridge that connects the station to Huis Ten Bosch island. Following the bridge, you’ll enter the entrance gate. You can buy tickets there.
2. Take a look around with the Canal Tour
It can’t be Amsterdam without Canal tours, right?
3. Visit the Dutch Village
4. Enjoy the light show at night
At night, you can be blown away by the illumination display. The whole park is light up with colorful lights and parade. Huis Ten Bosch at night has a magical and romantic atmosphere at that time, so don’t miss out the night there.
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.
Visitors are required to pay an extra fee to visit this palace. The design is really beautiful, so it’s worth a visit.
After visiting Huis ten Bosch Palace, it’s time to watch fireworks!
No Weed is Allowed: Even though it resembles the 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.
VI. What to eat in Huis Ten Bosch?
There are various restaurants, food stands to choose from. Kyushu island is famous for ramen, so it will be great to have a bowl of hot ramen after a whole day discovering the area.
Also, Sasebo burger is a must-try food if you visit Nagasaki. This burger is really famous in the region, and it’s tasty too!
I hope you will have a nice trip to Huis Ten Bosch! XO