Next Stop, Japan

Theme Parks

Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture. Visitors are transported to a slice of the Netherlands without leaving Japan. To accomplish this, canals, windmills and flower gardens were built next to Omura Bay. While some buildings are generically European, the centrepieces are the replicas of famous Dutch buildings. Shops within the park sell Dutch goods. Finally, European inspired events are put on throughout the year here. This lover letter to the Dutch influence on the area aims to be a place to spend time with your family or special someone.

Sasebo City
Nagasaki Prefecture

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney resort to be opened outside of America. The theme park and its sister resort, DisneySea, are located next to Tokyo Bay in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan. Japan's magic kingdom opened on April 15, 1983. Much has changed around the park with resort hotels and even a second theme park being built to satisfy the needs of the millions that visit each year. The Tokyo Disney Resort is owned and operated by The Oriental Land Company which licenses Disney's characters. It and DisneySea are the only Disney theme parks not owned by Disney.

Urayasu City
Chiba Prefecture

Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea opened on September 4, 2001 and is the second park to be built at the Tokyo Disney Resort east of Toyko in Chiba Prefecture. While Tokyo Disneyland was built in the image of the American theme park, this one contains seven completely new ports of call inside a world of aquatic wonder. In each area (or port) the Disney Imagineers were clearly inspired by the ocean theme and the freedom to redesign Disney's characters or drop them entirely to fit best with the themes of the stunning locations they were creating.

Urayasu City
Chiba Prefecture

Universal Studios Japan (USJ)

Universal Studios has many theme parks, but Universal Studios Japan or USJ is its first theme park outside of America. It has proved to be a popular destination for people in Japan and all around the world. The park has all of Universal Studio's famous characters. This includes some that have never been and never will be famous in Japan like Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Konohana Ward
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