Huis Ten Bosch (theme park)

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Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch (ハウステンボス?, Hausu Ten Bosu) is a theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan, which recreates the Netherlands by displaying real size copies of old Dutch buildings. The name Huis Ten Bosch translates into English as "House in the Woods/bush". It is named after Huis ten Bosch, one of the three official residences of the Dutch Royal Family, located in The Hague in the Netherlands and former home to Princess Beatrix.

Overview[edit]

Replica of De Liefde which was the first Dutch ship to reach Japan in 1600 with William Adams and Jan Joosten

The park features many Dutch-style buildings such as hotels, villas, theatres, museums, shops and restaurants, along with canals, windmills, amusement rides, and a park planted in seasonal flowers. Huis Ten Bosch, which opened on March 25, 1992, is located on Hario Island in the southern part of Sasebo, facing Ōmura Bay. Its location reflects historical relations between the Netherlands and Japan, which began in 1609 when a trading post was opened by the Dutch in Hirado, not far from Sasebo. The park is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. (9.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. from December to February). A day "passport" ticket, covering entry and a number of attractions within the park costs 5,600 yen for adults and 4,400 yen for children. The park can be reached by JR train or bus from Nagasaki. It can also be reached by boat from Nagasaki Airport or from Sasebo.

The park recorded the peak of 4.25 million visitors in 1996. However, due to the fall of the number of visitors caused by economic slump in Japan, the park declared bankruptcy in 2003 with debt of 220 billion yen.[1] The rebuilding plan was sponsored by Nomura Principal Finance Company until March 2010, when H.I.S., a travel agency, took over the management by injecting 2 billion yen.[2]

The park was featured in the 2010 series of the Dutch TV show Wie is... de Mol?.[3]

The park was the setting for the 2004 anime series, The Marshmallow Times.

In 2015, the Henna Hotel ("Strange Hotel") opened on site. It is the world's first hotel staffed by robots, although humans will initially work alongside them.[4]

On 23rd May 2017, a smart phone game was released in Japan by the name Aerial Legends featuring the official collaboration of the theme park and smart phone game developer Good Luck 3. Boasting as the world's first theme park based smart phone game, it's story setting is completely modeled after the landscapes of the theme park itself, refurbished into a small kingdom in a world of fantasy troubled by the invading darkness and calls to the players for help.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ken Belson (2003-02-27). "A Japanese Theme Park Company Fails - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  2. ^ "H.I.S. to take over troubled Huis Ten Bosch park". Asahi Shimbun. Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture: Asahi.com. 13 February 2010. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  3. ^ Tim Huisman (2011-11-15). "Interview with Anton Jongstra and Aldo Paape, makers of Wie is de Mol? (Dutch)". Oneplanetoneworld.info. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  4. ^ Renee Lewis (February 5, 2015). "Hotel staffed by robots to open in Japan". Al Jazeera America. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 33°05′11.40″N 129°47′12.87″E / 33.0865000°N 129.7869083°E / 33.0865000; 129.7869083