Huis Ten Bosch Canal Art Festival
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This Nagasaki theme park is adding a Canal Art Festival to its winter illuminations

The canals, bridges and waterfront areas at Huis Ten Bosch theme park are all decked out with stunning light art

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada
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Winter is the time when Japan is bedazzled with gorgeous light displays and Tokyo has quite a few of its own illumination events going on right now. Similarly, you’ll also find a light-up spectacle at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki prefecture, a theme park modelled after the famous royal palace of the Netherlands and the iconic canals of Amsterdam. 

Known as the Canal Art Festival, this sparkling event is running until Friday February 26. It features colourful light art including butterfly-themed formations and projection mapping throughout the park’s canals, bridges, banks and waterfronts.

Huis Ten Bosch Canal Art Festival
Photo: Huis Ten Bosch

Another highlight at the festival are the two show-stopping canal cruises. The Light and Fountain Canal and the Night Canoe will take you through the park’s waterways to enjoy all the lights on display.

Huis Ten Bosch Canal Art Festival
Photo: Huis Ten Bosch

The Canal Art Festival also coincides with Huis Ten Bosch’s annual Kingdom of Light winter illumination, which sees the entire park light up with 13 million brilliant sparklers.

Huis Ten Bosch Canal Art Festival
Photo: Huis Ten Bosch

Day passes to Huis Ten Bosch are ¥7,000 per adult and ¥4,600 per child. For admission after 3pm, adult tickets are ¥5,000 and children are ¥3,300. Admission after 5pm gets further reduced to ¥4,000 for adults and ¥2,600 for children. For ticketing information, see the theme park website.

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