March 2nd is called Mini Day in Japan, because 3 can be pronounced as “mi,” and 2, “ni”. It's one of the many goro awase or "pun days” we have here...Read more
Tobu World Square 東武ワールドスクウェア
This theme park exhibits more than a hundred 1:25th scale replicas of famous buildings from around the world, including UNESCO-designated World Cultural and Heritage Sites. The exhibits are reproduced with great detail, complete with cars, trains and 140,000 1:25 miniature people as well as gardens that change with the seasons. In 2010, a 1:25 scale model of the Tokyo Skytree was unveiled at the park. Tobu World Square is divided into zones based on regions of the world, including the Japan Zone, the Asia Zone, the Europe Zone and the Egypt Zone.
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We had a lot of fun walking around here. It was not very crowded the day we went. Easy to access by train (it has it's own station) but the trains don't run frequently so you if you're going to be tight on time, check the train times in advance or take another mode of transport.
We used one of Tobu's special tourist passes (available to residents too) to cover the transport, but there's also a special "theme park pass" which can include the entrance fees for this place. http://www.tobu.co.jp/foreign/en/pass/kinugawa.html
This is a fantastic place to visit. However, I would advise that if you intend to travel there, take the bus or a taxi. While the train is doable, we had to go to the general store across the street to buy tickets and the trains do not run frequently. The bus and cabs are frequent and easy to use!
This place is actually super cool. The admission cost might seem pricey but there are SO many cool replicas of historic/famous buildings.
I'd recommend adding it onto a Nikko trip since it's in the area, if you have time to spare.