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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kyushu Spring 2014 九州春季之旅 - Huis Ten Bosch JR Station ハウステンボス駅, Ltd Express Huis Ten Bosch Train


Huis Ten Bosch JR Station, along Omura line.
A European themed train station, has the same name and design as the adjacent theme park.

Ltd Express Huis Ten Bosch train
Following trains serve the station:

(1) Ltd Express Huis Ten Bosch (HTB) train commutes between Hakata and Huis Ten Bosch, and train journey takes approx 100 mins. This train makes a total of 10 round trips per day. 
* Do note that Ltd Exp HTB train carriages are connected to Ltd Exp Midori train. Therefore, don't be surprised if you see train carriages with different design being pulled together into the station. 
Though this is a special train, there is no particular outstanding feature when compared to other trains - except being more colourful.

(2) Seaside Liner (local train) commutes between Sasebo and Nagasaki, makes a stop at this station.


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What's nearby? 

(1) HTB, a European themed park. About 7 mins walk from the train station.

The majestic looking Okura Hotel in the background
(2) Hotels 
HTB is a huge theme park that require at least one day to cover completely. Moreover, Kingdom of Lights, the most anticipated highlight in their calendar of events, is held every night from Oct to Apr annually. Therefore, we decided to stay one night near the park to participate in the annual event.

Though there are several hotels, such as Hotel Amsterdam, Hotel Europe, Watermark Hotel, conveniently located within the theme park itself, most of them are quite pricey. There are slightly cheaper options which are located at the peripherals of the theme park - Hotel Okura JR HTB and Hotel Nikko, to choose from.

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