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The Huis Ten Bosch Tulip FestivalThe Tulip Festival at Huis Ten Bosch is the largest in Japan. There are many ways to enjoy your visit: wandering through tulip spots, relaxing at a café, viewing the lively entertainment or viewing the light-up at night time, and so on.
The period of March 21st to April 6th is designated as "special weeks", with an even more dazzling display of tulips including special Huis Ten Bosch varieties.
*Due to the weather and unforeseeable natural circumstances, the blooming season of the flowers may be earlier or late than advertised. Thank you for your understanding.
Saikai Bridge Whirlpool FestivalOverlooking Inoura Strait, the gateway of Omura Bay, is Saikai Bridge Park. The strait possesses one of the three great rapid tides of Japanese waters, and whirlpools can appear at any moment. The contrast of the whirlpools and some 1,000 cherry trees in full bloom is uncannily picturesque.
Nagushiyama Azalea FestivalThe 234-meter peak of Mt. Nagushiyama offers an unbroken view of the Saikai National Park and the northern Kujuku Islands. The mountain is located half way between northern Nagasaki's historical town of Hirado and Sasebo City, the home of Huis Ten Bosch, and can be reached from either in less than an hour. The view from here created by some 100,000 Kurume azaleas and Hirado azaleas, with the islands in far distance, is nothing short of breathtaking.
Hasami Spring Pottery FestivalFans and pottery-buyers fill the streets of the town during this festival, which features booths from over 100 porcelain producer and dealers. The obvious appeal of the event is the availability of choice items at a 30-40% price reduction, although another draw is the chance to discuss the art of pottery with fellow enthusiasts while searching for that special piece. The large weather-proof tented area allows shoppers to browse very comfortably. The festivities continue with potters-wheel and pottery-painting classes, a Hasami scenery photo contest, and a prize draw. Parking is available for over 1,200 cars for 500 yen per vehicle; the shuttle bus service from the parking lot is free of charge.
Mikawachi-Yaki Hamazen FestivalVisit the kilns of Mikawachi and discover the cozy scenery of the town. This event features painting and potter's wheel trial courses, and many others relating to porcelain. The highlight of the festival may be the auction, held three times a day. It gives enthusiasts a chance to grab a prized, rare item at a discounted price. An eatery with Shimabara's specialty noodles makes a debut here in Michikawa for the first time at this event this year.
Kujuku Islands Oyster Festival - Winter Edition -500 grills with seating for 2000 are set up on the open grassy area at the Saikai Pearl Sea Resort. What makes the oysters in this region so delicious is the area's deeply-indented ria coastline, which affords them plenty of nutrients. The scent from the grills mixes with the salty sea breeze, creating a perfect atmosphere to enjoy this classic winter delicacy in the great outdoors.
Emukae Sentourou (Thousand Lantern) FestivalThis traditional event has been held for around 500 years. The centerpiece is truly a sight to behold: a tower of about 25m in height, decorated with hanging lanterns numbering about 3,300. It’s the tallest of its kind in all of Japan!
When evening comes, some 10,000 hanging lanterns are lit throughout the town, inviting you into a wondrous world of lights.
The beauty of Emukae is best experienced during this wonderful and brief festival of lights, happiness, and prayer.
The Emukae Sentoro festival also features an old Buddhist procession called the “mizukake Jizo matsuri.” Young kids take turns pouring fresh water over a wooden statue of Jizo, the guardian of children. The statue is then paraded through the village. It’s believed that children who pour water over the Jizo statue will be blessed with good health.
Yosakoi Sasebo FestivalThis is the largest Yosakoi dance festival in Kyushu, and has the stated aim of ‘making spectators and participants want to return to Sasebo to watch and dance again’. Teams gather from all over Japan and perform their high-energy dances at locations around the city.
The Rose FestivalFrom May to June, Huis Ten Bosch presents The Rose Festival. Praised by the world's top-level cultivators and experts, over one million roses of over a thousand varieties bloom to welcome visitors at this special event. In the evening, visitors will be able to catch a completely different view of the roses as the Night Rose Garden come to life with splendid light-work illuminating the park.
*Please note that blooming season is dependent on weather conditions and dates may vary each year
Huis Ten BoschHuis Ten Bosch is a residential-style resort built after a mediaeval 17th century Dutch town. Palace Huis Ten Bosch, built with special permission from the Dutch royal family, is a reproduction of the residence of Her Majesty the Queen of The Netherlands. In English, Huis Ten Bosch means “house in the forest.” And true to its name this residential-style resort has canals running throughout, and is surrounded by greenery, forests, amusements, shops, restaurants, five distinct hotels, a marina and residential area. It is also known for the Flower Kingdom, where flowers bloom throughout the year. The “Gardening World Cup” a competition between the top gardeners in the world, has won the 2013 Canadian and International Garden Tourism Award. Huis Ten Bosch also celebrates summer with the “World Firework Contest”. The “Winter Light Festival” has been ranked by Yahoo as the top illumination display in Japan for three consecutive years. Various types of entertainment are also available, from restaurants to spas, marine sports and shopping, offering visitors a number of ways to enjoy their stay. Furthermore, there are also plenty of attractions for families with young children include cruising on the pirate ship from the popular cartoon ‘One Piece’. Huis Ten Bosch is a resort theme park that has offered visitors enjoyment for three generations. Moreover, the “Next Generation Park”, an environmentally-advanced area based on the concept of sustainable systems, was opened in 2010.
Nagasaki BioParkThe BioPark is a truly unique experience, with wild animals allowed to roam and interact with visitors. Located not far from Nagasaki City, the BioPark offers guests the opportunity to feed the animals. Hand-feeding adorable animals like red pandas, capuchin monkeys and capybaras is an unforgettable experience to enjoy and learn from. Recently, the hippo family has had a new calf, named Momo, which means ‘peach’. Make sure to visit this cute little baby and feed her.
Kuroshima ChurchKuroshima Island is the largest of the Kujukushima islands. Two months after the discovery of the hidden Christians in Oura Cathedral in 1865, 20 representatives of the hidden Christians visited Father Petitjean in Oura to confess their faith. Subsequently, Father Poirier read the first mass in Kuroshima Island at the house of Daikichi Deguchi, one of the representatives. By 1873, Kuroshima had become an "island of Catholic." Kuroshima Church was constructed through the endeavors of Father Marman, with the self-sacrificing cooperation of the local laypeople. They carried bricks and other necessary materials by themselves, climbing up the steep slope from the beach.The interior of this church is magnificent, with arcades, triforia and clerestory. Kuroshima Church is unique in that Arita porcelain tiles, granite quarried in Kuroshima and other local materials are used.