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Tobu World Square – Seeing the World in a Smaller Scale

Date Published: Last Update:2015/05/13 Entertainment, Travel & View point , , , , , ,

A friend told me that he had sort of traveled the world at a very affordable cost. He showed me the pictures he got from his travel. At first, I thought the structures from the pictures were real but realized they were smaller scale models of famous architectures worldwide.

Inside the Tobu World Square

The images I saw were all interesting which made me decide and plan my trip for the next holiday . Together with two friends we visited the theme park “Tobu World Square”, located at Kinugawa Onsen, Nikko, Tochigi, Japan. Unlike other theme parks, there were no roller coasters or adrenaline pumping rides. Instead, it was filled with 1:25 scale replicas of over a hundred of world famous architectural monuments including UNESCO World Cultural and Heritage sites.

Like USJ and Disneyland they also have a signature globe. This globe welcomed us as we enter the gate before heading to the ticket booth.  Admission ticket costs JPY 2,500 for adults and  JPY 1,200 for children.

The park is divided in zones:

Modern Japan Zone

Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Station and Tokyo Dome are presented in this zone. The National Diet Building is the first building displayed at the front. I’m not really familiar with this building that I thought this building is for any diet concerns and transactions.  Narita International Airport with human size airplanes slowly moving at the runway. Well, if there were planes there were also ships, the typical Japanese fishing port and Fujimaru (passenger ship) floating on a seemingly blue sea water.

Tokyo Tower and  Skytree with the fishing port nearby

Tokyo Tower and Skytree with the fishing port nearby

 

America Zone

The famous Statue of Liberty and World Trade Center twin tower are the eye-catcher of this zone. Also present are the White House landscaped with the water fountain in front, Grand Army Plaza and City Pier A. All these structures were just few meters away from each other. Amazing because they not only imitate the structures but also its surroundings. Those little trees and grasses were real.

Egypt Zone

The Pyramid of Khafre and the Great Sphinx of Giza were displayed with miniature humans included. There were also camels walking on top of the desert. The people who engineered these miniatures not only created the structures but also considered their presentation.

 

Great Temple of Abu Simbel with the miniature workers or tourists at the footsteps of the temple.

Europe Zone

The Parthenon – one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments, symbol of Athens Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena.

See the Eiffel Tower replica at the back of the St Peter’s Basilica.

St Peter’s Basilica with the hundreds of church-goer or tourists on the ground.  Can you imagine how each of these little people crafted and placed on the ground? It must be tedious.

Sagrada Familia (left), a Roman Catholic Church found in Barcelona Spain. This structure really caught my attention because of its unusual elongated design. It’s one of the many complex architectures displayed in the theme park. At the right is the colorful Saint Basil’s Cathedral of Red Square, Moscow, Russia.

 

Tower Bridge in London, which when big ships cross the bridge , cuts itself at the center and pulls upward opening the path and allows the ship to cross. At the park, these ships were actually moving around, thus making the bridge pulls itself up and down.

 

The Buckingham Palace with the miniature guards marching on the ground. Notice how detailed the marching guards, the plaza and the people were made. There is a coin slot box located in front of this replica that when a coin is inserted/dropped, it will make the little red guards march around the circle with marching sounds.

 

Colosseum is an elliptical amphitheater in Italy, considered as one of the greatest works of Roman architectures. The creator of this replica must have studied every single detail like the windows, benches of the actual structure.

Asia Zone

In this zone exhibited are the peaceful view of Taj Mahal. Forbidden City and the long trail of Great Wall of China.

Taj Mahal – is a structure symbol of love. It is built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is recognized as the jewel of Muslim art in India. The surrounding of the replica was also beautifully landscaped.

 

The colorful Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, Kaohsiung at the center of the lake looked very real.

Japan Zone

Japan temples, shrines, castles and palaces are displayed in this zone. These include the famous Ginkaku-ji, Kinkaku-ji, Himeji Castle, Itukushima Shrine, Kyoto Imperial Palace and many more. The structures of this zone also present the history and culture of Japan.

Ginkaku – Ji

 

Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima

 

Himeji Castle

 

Engaku – Ji Holy Relics Hall of Kanagawa

This image demonstrates the manual farming style of Japanese. While the image on the right showcased the shinkansens and the local trains and tunnels of Japan.

All the exhibited replicas were equally superb. The details of the structures and the landscape were seriously studied and carefully crafted to create a smaller yet close to real models. Amazing.

So that was the feeling of being a giant and to see the world in smaller scale.

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