Tobu World Square: Around the World in 80 Minutes
You may have seen the famous David Niven movie “Around the World in 80 Days” and if you happen to be in Japan, then all you need is a one day to go around the world. Tobu World Square is a theme park featuring 1/25th replicas of famous buildings and structures from around the world.
Tobu World Square, which is located in Kinugawa Onsen, can be reached from the JR Kinugawaonsen station by a direct shuttle bus in less than 10 mins. This was one of the must-visit places in Japan for me and we reached the place around 11:00 AM. The entire park is divided into 6 zones starting with the Modern Japan Zone. All the modern Japanese architecture like Skytree, The Diet Building, Tokyo station, Tokyo Dome, Tokyo National Museum and many more places are depicted here.
I had read on the internet that it took nearly 3 years to complete the construction on the entire theme park and when comparing the detailed micro artistic skills, this is a surprisingly short amount of time. Even the people are replicated 1/25 to resemble real life.
Next comes American Zone and some of the famous buildings here are Grand Army Plaza, The Empire State Building and the The White House. There is also a replica of the famous World Trade Center.
Next is the Egypt Zone which is also my favorite zone. I always wanted to see the Egyptian architecture and this was a good chance to experience that. Some of the famous landscapes in this zone are The Pyramid of Menkaure, The Pyramid of Khufu, The Great Sphinx and The Great Temple of Abu Simbel. There is a restaurant with the name Sphinx inside the Egypt Zone which is a great place to relax and have a refreshing drink.
The next zone is the biggest of all called the European Zone. There are more than 30 monuments and some of the famous amongst them are Italy's The Colosseum and The Leaning Tower of Pisa, St. Basil Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe and many more.
Amongst all these monuments which impressed me the most was the St. Basil Cathedral because of its colorful appearance and it's an example of Russian architecture at it's finest.
Myself being an Indian was very excited to visit Taj Mahal which is now one of the 7 Wonders of the World, located in the Asia Zone. The view of the Majestic Taj Mahal brought back memories from my country.
You also have famous monuments from Taiwan, Korea and also the Great Wall of China.
The last and the final zone is the Japan Zone (not to be confused with the Modern Japan Zone). This zone consists of historic Japanese monuments like the Byodo-in Phoenix Hall, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Todaiji Great Buddha Hall, Rokuon-ji Golden Pavilion and many more. Even for those who do not have sufficient time to go around all of Japan, this is a best chance to see all the places in one place.
Tobu operates buses between Kinugawa Onsen Station and Tobu World Square. The trip takes five minutes, costs 210 yen one way, and buses depart every 20-30 minutes. The buses are covered by the Theme Park & Nikko City Area Pass and the Marugoto Nikko Kinugawa Free Pass. Alternatively, Tobu World Square is a ten minute walk from Kosagoe Station.
〒321-2593 Tochigi-ken, Nikkō-shi, Kinugawaonsen Ōhara, 209−1
Adults - 2800 Yen/Children - 1400 Yen
Adults - 2500 Yen/Children - 1200 Yen (If purchased in advance)
Park Hours: Open throughout the year from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, the hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Dec. 1 to Mar. 19. Admittance to the park is until one hour before closing time.