Listen to the muzak at Denpark
Japan makes a specialty of country-related theme parks. Huis ten Bosch is the most famous example in Nagasaki, but there is also a Spain Mura near Ise Shima in Mie and a Villaggio Italia in Nagoya.
Anjo, a small, quiet town between Nagoya and Toyohashi has Denpark - a compact theme park based on the architectural and agricultural charms of Denmark.
From the piped Euromuzak to the manicured lawns, Denpark does its best to recreate a piece of faux-Denmark in deepest Aichi. There's a windmill, various reconstructions of Danish houses, Carlsberg beer on tap and plenty of cheese and butter in the shops.
There's a toy train to whisk the kids around the park's pleasant gardens and street performers put on shows in "Floral Place" - a huge glass house with restaurants and shops.
Tel: 0566 92 7111
Admission: 600 yen
Take a JR Tokaido Line Express train to Anjo Station from Nagoya Station (22 mins) or from Toyohashi (25 mins).
Alternatively take a Meitetsu Line train from Nagoya Station to Shin-Anjo.
Then a Meitetsu bus for "Anjo-Kosei-Byoin" and get off at JR Anjo Station.
From JR Anjo Station take an "Ankuru Bus" to Denpark (25 mins).
Route 23 to Izumi Exit.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007
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