Nikko Travel Guide: Tobu World Square

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  • Tobu World Square has been delighting families with its precise and meticulous miniature structures for over 25 years in Nikko.

    Tokyo Skytree - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com

    During our trip to the Nikko area, we visited the Edo Wonderland and Tobu World Square theme parks and our family had a blast at both. Tobu World Square is a miniature theme park with over 100 buildings built at 1/25 scale. The preciseness of the replica buildings are delightful to look at and if you love miniatures, you’ll appreciate the details spent in creating these structures. Ready to check out the shrunken world? Let’s go!

    Where is Tobu World Square

    Tobu World Square is located near Kinugawa Onsen about 2.5 hours north of Tokyo. It is now easily accessible with the newly built Tobu World Square Station (2017) right next to the park. From the station, it’s just a quick 5 min walk to the park entrance.

    Welcome Square at Tobu World Square

    When visitors first enter the park, the first area is the welcome square. This area has all the restaurants and gift shops as well as a 3D map of the park. The structures on the maps are identified by the same Nanoblock structure which was pretty cool.

    children next to park map - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com

    At the World Square, there are also giant replica food visitors can enter and play with.

    child inside giant mango ice cream - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com

    child inside giant steamed basket with dumpling - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com

    The park is divided into the following zones:

    1. Japan Zone (traditional and modern)
    2. America Zone
    3. Egypt Zone
    4. Europe Zone
    5. Asia Zone

    The park is set up as a loop so it’s easy to see all the area without detour. The highlights for us are the Japan and Europe zones as they contain the most buildings.

    Japan Modern Zone

    Japan zone modern contains many of the landmarks you would see today when visiting Tokyo. Some of the structures have accompanying sound effects. For example, Tokyo Dome has baseball announcer broadcast and the crowd cheering as if a game was going on.

    child in front of Tokyo Dome - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Tokyo Dome
    Tokyo Tower - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Tokyo Tower
    National Diet Building - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    National Diet Building
    Tokyo Station - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Tokyo Station
    Tokyo National Museum - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Tokyo National Museum

    America Zone

    The America zone includes iconic New York downtown buildings and harbor area.

    America Zone - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com

    Flatiron Building - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Flatiron Building

    There are delicate touches like people performing the musical on the streets of NY or and a wall being painted by painters.

    dancing characters in a musical - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Musical on New York Street

    Egypt Zone

    In the Egypt zone, there are the fewest structures of any zones. It only included the replica for 3 pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, and The Great Temple of Abu Simbel.

    child riding on top of camel - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com

    Europe Zone

    Europe zone was one of our favorites as a family. It had many easily recognizable structures and also incredible details.

    Colosseum - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Colosseum

    The Vatican model was incredible both in size and detail of the structure. You can see how large the model is below.

    Vatican City - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Vatican City
    St. Peter's Square - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    St. Peter’s Square

    It wasn’t just the structures that contained all the intricate details, statues on the side or nearby the structures are also replicated.

    Saint Basil's Cathedral and Monument to Minin and Pozharsky - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Saint Basil’s Cathedral and Monument to Minin and Pozharsky
    Neuschwanstein Castle - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Neuschwanstein Castle
    The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower

    It was interesting to see the workers repairing and maintaining the models.

    workers repairing miniature garden - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com

    Palace of Versailles and Louis XIV statue - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Palace of Versailles and Louis XIV statue
    Sagrada Familia - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Even the construction crane is replicated at Sagrada Família

    Asia Zone

    Asia zone had some spectacular models as well, from the ruins of Angkor Wat to the massive Forbidden Palace in Beijing.

    Angkor Wat - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Angkor Wat
    Taj Mahal - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Taj Mahal
    The Forbidden City - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    The Forbidden City

    A pleasant surprise for us is the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas from Kaohsiung in Taiwan.

    Dragon and Tiger Pagodas - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com

    Taipei 101 - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Taipei 101

    Japan Traditional Zone

    Japan traditional area had many cultural landmarks from throughout Japan, from Todaiji in Nara to Himeji Castle.

    Todaiji - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Todaiji
    Itsukushima Shrine and Torii Gate - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Itsukushima Shrine and Torii Gate
    Himeji Castle - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Himeji Castle
    Sapporo Clock Tower - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Sapporo Clock Tower

    Heian – Nikko Yuba Restaurant at Tobu World Square

    When you travel to Nikko, one of the food you’ll see featured all over the region is yuba (ゆば). What is yuba you might ask? It’s tofu skin.

    Heian restaurant - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com
    Heian Restaurant

    We had lunch at Heian restaurant which featured yuba located inside the park. Unlike theme parks in the US, the food in the Japanese theme parks are usually quite delicious and reasonably priced.Nikko's yuba - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com

    The lunch we had was yuba soba bento. It came with tempura, yuba, soba, and a few other sides dishes.

    So what does yuba taste like? The texture almost like a mix of really soft tofu and egg, with just a slight soybean taste. It is very soft and you can flavor it easily with condiments.

    soba noodle lunch with yuba - Nikko Travel Guide : Tobu World Square | www.justonecookbook.com

    Thank you for reading our Tobu World Square guide. The park takes about 2-3 hours to go through and it’s great for a morning or afternoon activity in the Nikko area especially if you have children. We’ll head to Nikko’s cultural landmark Tosho-gu in our next post.

    Nikko Travel Guide

    1. Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura 日光江戸村
    2. Kinugawa Onsen 鬼怒川温泉
    3. Tobu World Square 東武ワールドスクウェア
    4. Nikko Tosho-gu 日光東照宮
    5. Places to visit in Nikko 日光
    6. Kegon Falls 華厳の滝
    7. Lake Chuzenji 中禅寺湖
    8. Oya History Museum 大谷資料館

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