Huis Ten Bosch near Sasebo in Nagasaki Prefecture in Kyushu is a must-see if you are in the area. Huis Ten Bosch (pronounced "House Ten Boss" in Japanese) is an idealized reconstruction of a Dutch town on a grand scale, complete with bicycles, cheese, windmills, canals and Heineken beer.
Choose either the standard entrance ticket or the more expensive Toku-Toku ticket, which allows entrance to the various rides, museums and elevator to the top of the cathedral (above), which has amazing views out over the coastline.
Visitors can get around Huis Ten Bosch on foot, by rental bicycle (including tandems), cart, canal boat or even Segway!
Other attractions include the beautiful seasonal gardens full of Cosmos when we visited in the fall, a replica of a Dutch Royal Palace, parades and fireworks displays.
If you wish to experience all that Huis Ten Bosch has to offer it is recommended you spend the night: ANA Hotel Huis Ten Bosch, Hotel Nikko Huis Ten Bosch, Hotel Amsterdam, Forest Villa, or Europe Hotel offer various low-cost deals in season.
JR trains to Fukuoka (1 hour 40 minutes on the JR Limited Express "Huis Ten Bosch") for Shinkansen connections to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.
Express "Sea Side Liner" on the JR Nagasaki/Omura Lines 1 hour 30 minutes from Nagasaki Station to Huis Ten Bosch (Return tickets 2,500 yen).
There are buses to Nagasaki (65 minutes), Nagasaki Airport, Kawatana, Kumamoto, Sasebo and night services to Osaka and Nagoya.