Photo: Alison Park-Douglas/Flickr
From swimming swans to looming windmills, Huis 10 Bosch looks like a classic village in The Netherlands.There’s just one key difference—it’s not on the outskirts of Amsterdam, it’s located on a Japanese peninsula not far from the the city of Nagasaki.
Japan’s Huis 10 Bosch is actually an enormous theme park modelled after a seventeenth-century Dutch town. It’s been around for two decades and is a popular destination for tourists.
Alison Park-Douglas visited the park in 2010 and shared her photos with us.
Welcome to Huis 10 Bosch, named after one of the three official residences of the Dutch ruling family.
While the theme park was built in 1992, the area actually has a centuries-old connection to The Netherlands.
The park attracted more than four million visitors in 1996, but fell on rough times and was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2003.
The landmark tower stands 344 feet tall and resembles the tallest church spire in The Netherlands. Ride an elevator to the top and enjoy the sweeping panorama of Omura Bay.
The reproduction of the Dutch Palace required special permission from the reigning Queen of Holland.
The park's museums host a rotating schedule of exhibits. When Alison visited there was an exhibition on optical illusions.
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