#45 Harbor Park at Huis Ten Bosch

Rainy season has officially ended in Japan and my friends and I kicked off the beginning of summer with a trip to Harbor Park!

Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Nagasaki modeled after the palace in the Netherlands with the same name. The Harbor Park is attached to Huis Ten Bosch, but it’s possible to just enjoy the water park without paying for a ticket to the entire theme park. With entrance to the waterside area and then entrance to the actual play area, it only cost 2000 yen (about 17-18 USD).

The whole operation is very orderly. They let a set number of people play in the area for an hour and a half and everyone has to wear life vests. There are lots of life guards on duty. The bigger floats attract lots of people and patient queues form. Beyond that, you can do whatever you like! The area is at least as big as a football field and there are so many different inflatable things to play on. They’re all connected by rafts, so everything is slippery and wobbly in the water which makes just getting around a lot of fun.

In one corner they even have a giant slide that launches you into the water! Here’s Conor giving it a go.

Conor slide

There was also a big inflatable rock climbing wall!

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After our hour and a half was up, we cleared out and went for some hamburgers at one of the restaurants in the park. This is one of the places in Japan that makes french fries in an interesting way. Instead of cutting potatoes, they mash them up then put them through a play-dough spaghetti machine directly into the fryer. What comes out are really long, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside fries. You can see them on the table here.


The whole day was a ton of fun, so big thanks to Dan for doing the organizing! I hope I get to go again!

Sorry I don’t have pictures of the house just yet but Almas and I just got the keys and we’ll be moving in over the next couple of days. Maybe we’ll be settled in enough next week for us to be able to send some nice pictures. Until then, feast your eyes on some extra pics from this week.

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