A mere 35 minutes on foot from Edo Wonderland, is another great place to visit called Tobu World Square.
Tobu World Square is a theme park featuring 1/25th replicas of famous buildings and structures from around the world. Opened on April 24, 1993, the park took five years to complete. There are 102 models which include ancient monuments, cultural treasures and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, reproduced with great detail all the way down to the cars, trains and miniature people. There are even gardens that change with the seasons.
The park is divided into zones based on the various regions of the world. Beginning with the Japan Zone, visitors can view scenes of Japan along with culturally significant sights from across the country, including Himeji Castle, Nara’s Horyu-ji Temple and Todai-ji Daibutsuden. Next is the Asia Zone which takes visitors to Korea, China and India and includes such things as the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal. The Egypt Zone is characterized by the Great Pyramids of Khufu, the Sphinx and the Temple of Abu Simbel. The Europe Zone comprises the park’s largest and most diverse area. Here ancient wonders such as the Parthenon and the Coliseum sit side by side with more recent structures like the Eiffel Tower. Moving on, is the America Zone, home to the White House, the Statue of Liberty and a section of downtown New York City, complete with the World Trade Center Twin Towers destroyed during the 9/11 terrorist attack. Finally, Tobu World Square closes with a Modern Japan Zone with more contemporary structures such as the Diet Building, the Tokyo Dome, the Tokyo Tower and the Tokyo Skytree. As a matter of fact, the scale model of the Skytree was unveiled on April 24, 2010, far ahead of the actual opening of the Tokyo Skytree on February 29, 2012. The Modern Japan Zone also features a partial replica of busy Narita Airport.
Aside from the models, visitors to the park can enjoy countless other facilities including restaurants and shops selling food and items from all around the world. Free guided tours through Modern Japan, Europe and America Zones are conducted once a day in Japanese. English pamphlets are available and all the signage around the park is in both Japanese and English.
This is a unique way to spend your day touring Japan and the rest of the world in just a few hours!
The park is open year round and park hours are as follows: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (mid-March through November) 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (December through mid-March).
The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile