Tour An Exact Replica Of Dutch Village That's Located Smack In The Middle Of Japan

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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.

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Welcome to Huis 10 Bosch, named after one of the three official residences of the Dutch ruling family.

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Source: Huis 10 Bosch

While the theme park was built in 1992, the area actually has a centuries-old connection to The Netherlands.

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It was the location of a Dutch trading post built back in 1609.

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The theme park, which has four hotels, a spa, and tons of restaurants, took five years to build.

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There are more than 50 shops selling everything from flowers to tulips.

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It spans 152 hectares, about the same size as Monaco.

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The official crest of Huis 10 Bosch.

There are windmills galore.

And streets built to resemble a quaint 17th century Dutch town.

There's even a cheese shop, a rare site in Japan.

The park attracted more than four million visitors in 1996, but fell on rough times and was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2003.

The restructuring continues today, with an aim of boosting the quality of the theme park.

Source: Japan Times

Touches of 17th century European life are around every corner.

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.

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Source: Huis 10 Bosch

The reproduction of the Dutch Palace required special permission from the reigning Queen of Holland.

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The park's museums host a rotating schedule of exhibits. When Alison visited there was an exhibition on optical illusions.

How surreal.

Visitors can walk the town's cobble streets, ride bikes, or admire the swans.

At night, the town glows.

And the tower lights up like a candle.

Want to see Huis 10 Bosch for yourself? A day pass costs around $70.

Source: Huis 10 Bosch

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