Here is our complete travel guide to Huis Ten Bosch with transportation information, ticket information, and insider tips to make the most of your visit to this Dutch theme park in one day.
I. What is Huis Ten Bosch?
Located in Sasebo city in Nagasaki, Huis Ten Bosch (ハウステンボス) is one of the 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 six 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 on every corner, you can enjoy delicious food from all over the world. At night, Huis Ten Bosch is lively with its famous light show.
- Opening Hours: 9:00am-10:00pm
- Address: Huis Ten Bosch Town 1-1, Sasebo, Nagasaki
II. Admission fee and tickets
How much is Huis Ten Bosch ticket/ passport?
For Huis Ten Bosch 1-day Passport, three different packages depending on the age:
- Adult (Age 18+): 7000 Yen
- 1 Day Passport (Age 12-17): 6000 Yen
- Child (Age 4-11): 4600 Yen
However, you can get a discount by purchasing in advance with Klook.
Huis Ten Bosch ticket price includes the entry ticket to the complex with an admission fee for 50 facilities in the six kingdoms and a one-day bus fee. The price already includes VAT.
Where to buy Huis Ten Bosch tickets?
a) At the ticket booths
You can buy Huis Ten Bosch tickets at the ticket booths or kiosks in the park. However, there are two reasons why you should not do this:
- There are often long lines at the counters
- You will have to pay a full price
b) Online via Klook
Here are why you should buy Ba Na Hills tickets online
- Skipping the line: You don’t need to wait in a long line to purchase tickets. You can present either a printed or mobile voucher for this activity.
- Get a discount: You will receive discounts while booking tickets online via Klook.
Tips for Huis Ten Bosch Passport
Please note that every customer has a chance to re-enter the park after exiting the first time. This rule applies to park entrances, except the harbor gate (free zone and charging zone) and west gate.
I recommend printing and carrying a mobile voucher on your phone for 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, 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 large, so make sure you’re on the right train.
From Nagasaki Station
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
There is a direct train to Huis Ten Bosch station from Nagasaki station. The train departs every hour.
How to buy a train ticket in Japan
I would recommend purchasing the Japan Rail Pass when traveling in Japan.
Alternatively, if you’re only traveling around Kyushu, you can purchase the JR Kyushu Rail Pass for this train.
IV. Where to stay in Huis Ten Bosch?
V. Things to do in Huis Ten Bosch
You’ll be surprised when visiting Huis Ten Bosch because it doesn’t look like any place in Japan. 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 visiting “Amsterdam” in Japan one day, 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 effortless to get to this theme park. There are toilets in the station, so make sure to use them.
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.
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 lightened up with colorful lights and a parade.
Huis Ten Bosch at night had a magical and romantic atmosphere at that time, so don’t miss out on 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 was the home of Princess Beatrix until early 2014.
Visitors are required to pay an extra fee to visit this palace. The design is stunning, 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 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 going, but Huis Ten Bosch was still a theme park for all ages.
VI. What to eat in Huis Ten Bosch?
There are various restaurants and 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 of discovering the area.
Also, the Sasebo burger is a must-try food if you visit Nagasaki. This burger is famous in the region, and it’s tasty too!
I hope you will have a nice trip to Huis Ten Bosch!