If you’re seeking for an alternative experience while traveling in Japan, Huis Ten Bosch will be a perfect choice. Located in the north of Nagasaki, Japan, the Dutch theme park has many special things to offer. Let’s discover Huis Ten Bosch in our travel guide.
I. 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 the 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. At night, Huis Ten Bosch is really lively with its famous light show.
II. Where to stay in Huis Ten Bosch?
The hotel systems in Huis Ten Bosch are impressive. There are various hotels located in and outside the park, such as Hotel Europe, Hotel Amsterdam, and Watermark Hotel Nagasaki, and Hotel Forest Villa
III. Discovering Huis Ten Bosch
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.
Let me take you to the park with full of Dutch architecture and delicious food.
1. 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. How much does it cost for Huis Ten Bosch? – Ticket price
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’ll need to show your ticket when you get to a different part. Also, you need to show your ticket to 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.
3. Canal Tour
It can’t be Amsterdam without Canal tours, right?
4. The Dutch Village
5. 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.
IV. 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!
V. 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.
Also, you can check out the JR Kyushu Train.
You can use the JR Kyushu Rail Pass for this train. 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.
You can ride Shinkansen with this Rail Pass as well.
I hope you will have a nice trip to Huis Ten Bosch! XO
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* This article was updated on 30th April 2018