Huis Ten Bosch (HTB) is what I can only describe as a European Disneyland. The park is modeled after Amsterdam complete with windmills, a canal, paved brick streets, novelty entertainment attractions, a variety of restaurants that serve Japanese versions of international cuisines, and occasional live performances. The grounds are divided into towns each with their own special activities. Rent a bike or segway or try ziplining in Adventure Park, take a romantic walk through the Art Garden (especially at night when it’s all lit up), step into one of many Halloween themed attractions in Thriller City, or shop to your heart’s content at the World Bazaar. There are also seasonal events like the Tulip Festival or Christmas Illumination that come highly recommended. Recently, I’ve lost my affection for amusement parks, but there’s no denying that HTB is a child’s and even a photographer’s paradise.
From Nagasaki, take a 90 minute train ride via the JR Seaside Liner to Huis Ten Bosch Station (no transfers necessary). As you exit the station, you’ll get a gorgeous view of the JR Okura Hotel (as seen above) and a good idea of what you’re in for. For more info, visit the Huis Ten Bosch website.