Tobu World Square
The world's great architecture and sceneries are much assembled on a scale of one to 25.
Tobu World Square is a theme park with 1/25th scale miniature reproductions of the historic relics and buildings around the world. It took 5 years for preparation and costed 14 billion yen, and was opened in April, 1993.
The park consists of 6 zones: Japan, modern Japan, Asia, America, Egypt and Europe. 102 buildings, architecture in 21 countries, are finely reproduced. Of those, 45 pieces are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. There is the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, a pyramid, the Great Wall of China and so on; visitors can enjoy travel around the world just looking at them.
Also, 140,000 dolls of around 7 centimeters tall are placed in the park. At the miniature Tokyo Station, a sea of commuters is realistically reproduced. It is fun to look at the expression of each doll with binoculars. When a playing card which is sold in the park (1,000 yen) is used, some dolls start singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. When a photograph is taken at the angle so that the dolls are in it, it looks like real scenery.
Fine artisanal techniques can be found also in carvings and stained glasses of the buildings. Please take plenty of time to enjoy them thoroughly.
The park is easily accessible from Kinugawa hot spring. It is a perfect place to stop by along with enjoying hot spring.
Address: 209-1, Kinugawa-onsen Ohara, Nikko-shi, Tochigi
Admission Fee: 2500 yen
From Tokyo:[Rail]About 15 min by JR Chuo Line from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station, about 2 hours by direct train from Shinjuku Station to Kinugawa-onsen Station, 5 min by Bus from Kinugawa-onsen Station.[Bus]*Direct bus services are available from each hotel or ryokan at Kinugawa Hot Spring. Ask at the front desk of each hotel or ryokan
From Asakusa:[Rail]2 min by JR Tokaido Main Line to Shimbashi Station, 10 min by Toei Subway Asakusa Line Airport Express train from Shimbashi Station to Asakusa Station, about 2 hours by Tsukuba Express from Tobu Asakusa Station to Kinugawa-onsen Station, 5 min by bus from Kinugawa-onsen Station.