Huis 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 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, is surrounded by greenery, forests, amusements, shops, restaurants, five distinct hotels, a marina and residential area.
This spacious 152-hectare resort, roughly the same size as Monaco, is striving to become the top flower resort in the world and flowers in full bloom can be found all throughout the year.
Spring, summer, autumn, and winter, each season transforms this European resort into something completely new.
Huis Ten Bosch was born on March 25, 1992 in Nagasaki Prefecture, Kyushu Island.
During the Edo period when Japan was closed to the outside world, Nagasaki was the only port open for international trade.
The arrival of a ship named De Liefde from Holland in 1600 at Kyushu Island was the start of exchange between Japan and Holland.
As a result, Nagasaki was extremely prosperous during the Meiji Period (late 19th century), but modern advances eventually surpassed it and the advantage was lost.
Historians, architects, oceanographers, and environmentalists all came together with an appreciation for the shared history and culture of Holland and Nagasaki, and with the backing of the government of Holland and many Japanese corporations the Huis Ten Bosch project was formed.
During the 5 years it took to develop this city, we were constantly learning from the Dutch approach to environmental preservation.
Huis Ten Bosch is built on reclaimed land which is unsuitable for growing plants. The first step was to improve soil quality and after performing thorough tests, 400,000 trees and shrubs and 300,000 flowers were planted, restoring the vitality of this area.
We are also striving to improve the natural ecosystem by using seawater from Omura bay in the 6,000 meters of canals running through the town and lining the banks with natural stones.
In addition, we have used environmentally friendly bricks for pavement and recycle sewage water for use in toilets and watering plants thanks to advanced treatment systems. We have achieved an Ecocity in harmony with nature through our supporting systems, such as those previously mentioned, that make use of existing technology and knowledge.