Tobu World Square
Tobu World Square is a theme park in Kinugawa Onsen that exhibits 1/25th scale replicas of famous buildings from around the world. The models include ancient monuments, cultural treasures and UNESCO World Heritage Sites which are reproduced with great detail all the way down to cars, trains and miniature people populating the sites, and with gardens that change with the seasons.
The park is divided into zones based on regions of the world. Beginning in the Japan Zone, visitors can view scenes of Japan along with culturally significant sights from across the country such as Himeji Castle, Dogo Onsen and temples around Kyoto. The Asia Zone takes visitors to Korea and India, as well as some large sites from China such as the Forbidden City.
Next is the Europe Zone, the park's largest and most diverse area. Here ancient wonders such as the Parthenon and the Colosseum sit side by side with more recent structures like the Eiffel Tower. Moving on, is the Egypt Zone with the Pyramids and the Sphinx, and beyond that is the America Zone, home to the White House and a section of downtown New York City, complete with the Twin Towers, which are two of the largest structures in the park.
Tobu World Square closes with a Modern Japan Zone with more contemporary structures such as the Diet Building, Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Tower and the Tokyo Skytree. This zone also features a partial replica of Narita Airport.
The park has a few other facilities including restaurants and shops which sell food and goods from around the world. Free guided tours, one through the Modern Japan and America Zones and one through the Europe Zone, are held once per day in Japanese. English pamphlets are available, and all the site descriptions around the park are in both Japanese and English.
Getting there and around
Tobu World Square Station stands just across the street from the park entrance and is served by most trains along the Tobu Kinugawa Line, including the ones to/from Tokyo (Asakusa and Shinjuku stations). It is just one station south of Kinugawa Onsen Station (3 minutes, 160 yen one way by local trains; limited express trains require a supplement fee).
Alternatively, Tobu operates buses every 20-30 minutes between Kinugawa Onsen Station and Tobu World Square (5 minutes, 210 yen one way, covered by the Nikko All Area Pass).
Hours and Fees
9:30 to 16:00 (December to mid March)
Admission ends one hour before closing
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Hotels around Kinugawa Onsen
AsayaBoasting open-air natural spring baths that look out to the surrounding mountains, Asaya provides chic Japanese accommodation that displays flower arrangements throughout. A bus stop is located right in front of the property, and shuttle buses are available from Utsunomiya Train Station, an hour away, at an additional fee. Featuring a relaxing ambience, each room comes with a flat-screen TV, a telephone and a fridge. Asaya Hotelfs front desk is open 24 hours, and massages are available at an additional cost. Karaoke facilities and a gift shop are on site. Some of the hot spring baths can be reserved for private use for a fee. A tour to Edo Wonderland can be arranged upon request. The hotel is a 13-minute walk from Kinugawa Koen Train Station. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is a 40-minute drive away, and Edo Wonderland Nikko theme park is a 10-minute drive from the property. A buffet is served at one of the on-site restaurants. The dinner buffet serves about 80 various dishes ranging from Chinese, Japanese and Western meals, while the breakfast buffet provides about 60 variations, mainly Japanese and Western dishes.View on Booking.com
TsuganokiFeaturing 3-star accommodation, Tsuganoki is situated in Nikko, 19 km from Tobu Nikko Station and 20 km from Nikko Station. With free WiFi, this 3-star ryokan has a shared lounge and a terrace. The accommodation features room service, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage for guests. The rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV. At Tsuganoki rooms have a private bathroom with a shower. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Tsuganoki offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 22 km from the ryokan, while Kegon Falls is 39 km from the property. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 108 km from Tsuganoki.View on Booking.com
Sudomari Hotel Roman TsutsujiA 5-minute walk from Kinugawa Onsen Train Station, Sudomari Hotel Roman Tsutsuji features affordable Japanese-style rooms with a private bathroom, a microwave and a fridge. Itfs a 10-minute drive from amusement parks Edo Wonderland and Tobu World Square. Guests at Hotel Tsutsuji Sudomari can find activities nearby, such as rafting on a 5-minute walk, tennis in a 10-minute drive and golf within a 20-minute drive. At the front desk, discount tickets are available for hot springs and theme parks. Basic rooms feature a tatami (woven-straw) floor, a low table with seating cushions and traditional futon bedding. They are fitted with an LCD TV and a variety of amenities, including yukata robes, toiletries and complimentary green tea. The outdoor hot springs of Kinugawa Koen Iwaburo can be enjoyed a 5-minute drive away. Sudomari Hotel Roman Tsutsuji is a 30-minute drive from the Nikko Tosho-gu Shrin, the Nikko-zan Rin-noji Temple and Nikko Futarasan Shrine. No meals are served. The hotel is within a 5-minute walk from restaurants and shops. Also, free transfer service is available from some restaurants farther away.View on Booking.com
Hotel Sunshine KinugawaHotel Sunshine Kinugawa is located next to Kinugawa River, just a 6-minute drive from Kinugawa Onsen Train Station. It features various entertainment facilities like karaoke and table tennis. Free WiFi is available in the lobby. Offering mountain views, all rooms are fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. In-room facilities include a flat-screen TV and a telephone. The private bathroom comes with a bathtub and a hairdryer. Guests staying at Kinugawa Sunshine Hotel can unwind in the public bathing area which has open-air baths and sauna. Massages can be requested at an additional charge. Drinks vending machines and a gift shop are also available on site. The hotel is situated just a 1-minute walk to Kinu-tateiwa Otsuribashi Bridge. Tobu World Square Amusement Park is a 4-minute drive away, while Edo Wonderland can be reached within a 10-minute drive.View on Booking.com
Hotel OotakiSurrounded by lush nature, Hotel Ootaki features a garden and Japanese-style rooms with a private bathroom. Itfs a 15-minute walk from Tobu Kinugawa Onsen Station. The Ootaki Hotel is a 10-minute drive from theme park Tobu World Square, and a 15-minute drive from historical theme park Nikko Edo Mura. Edelweiss Ski Resort is a 45-minute drive. Guests can relax in indoor and outdoor hot spring baths with nature views at Ootakifs sister hotel, to/from which a free shuttle service is available. Hotel Ootakifs facilities include drinks vending machines and free parking. Rooms feature a tatami (woven-straw) floor and Japanese futon bedding. They are fitted with a seating area with a table and chairs, an LCD TV and a fridge. A safe and yukata robes are provided. The attached bathroom comes with a bathtub and toiletries. Meals can be requested at check-in. A buffet with Japanese and Western dishes is available at its sister hotel a few minutesf drive with the free shuttle.View on Booking.com
Hotel ManyoteiFeaturing free WiFi and a hot spring bath, Hotel Manyotei offers accommodation in Nikko, 12 km from Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine. Free private parking is available on site. Every room is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a seating area for your convenience. Certain rooms feature views of the mountains or river. You will find a shared lounge and shops at the property. You can play table tennis at the hotel. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 12 km from Hotel Manyotei, while Nikk?-kokuritsu-k?en is 12 km from the property.View on Booking.com
Kinugawa Hotel MikazukiSet in Nikko, 24 km from Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Kinugawa Onsen Nikko Kinugawa Hotel Mikazuki offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a bar and a garden. This 4-star ryokan offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and free WiFi. The ryokan features family rooms. All guest rooms in the ryokan are equipped with a flat-screen TV. The units at Kinugawa Onsen Nikko Kinugawa Hotel Mikazuki feature air conditioning and a wardrobe. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast. The wellness area at Kinugawa Onsen Nikko Kinugawa Hotel Mikazuki is comprised of a hot spring bath and a sauna. Kegon Falls is 40 km from the ryokan, while Rinno-ji Temple is 24 km away. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 114 km from Kinugawa Onsen Nikko Kinugawa Hotel MikazukiView on Booking.com
Monogusa no Yado HanasenkyoSituated in Nikko, 20 km from Nikk?-kokuritsu-k?en, Monogusa no Yado Hanasenkyo has a terrace. The property is set 24 km from Nikko Toshogu Shrine. The property features a children's playground and a 24-hour front desk. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the ryokan. Dinner features Japanese-style cuisine with ingredients including pork. Monogusa no Yado Hanasenkyo offers a range of wellness facilities including a hot spring bath and a sauna. You can play table tennis at the accommodation. Kegon Falls is 40 km from Monogusa no Yado Hanasenkyo, while Rinno-ji Temple is 24 km from the property.View on Booking.com
Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko HotelLocated in Nikko, within 20 km of Tobu Nikko Station and 21 km of Nikko Station, Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko Hotel provides accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 3-star ryokan offers luggage storage space. The ryokan features a sauna and a 24-hour front desk. Each room is equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV, and certain rooms at the ryokan have a river view. At Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko Hotel every room has bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko Hotel offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 24 km from the ryokan, while Kegon Falls is 40 km away. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 107 km from Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko Hotel.View on Booking.com
Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa GyoenSituated in Nikko, 20 km from Tobu Nikko Station, Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen features accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking, a restaurant and a bar. With free WiFi, this 3-star ryokan offers room service and a 24-hour front desk. The accommodation offers a sauna, evening entertainment and family rooms. At the ryokan rooms include a private bathroom. The daily breakfast offers buffet, continental or Asian options. Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. You can play table tennis at this 3-star ryokan. Nikko Station is 21 km from the accommodation, while Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 24 km from the property. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 107 km from Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen.View on Booking.com