Welcome to Tobu World Square – World of Replicas
Tobu World Square is a theme park full of replicas of famous places around the world, at an exact 1/25th scale.
Tobu World Square has 120 replicas of famous landmarks including the Parthenon, the Colosseum, The Great Wall of China, the Statue of Liberty, Gaudi’s Cathedral, Big Ben and more.
The park is divided across five geographic regions – Egypt, Europe, America, Japan and Asia – and includes replicas from 21 countries, 45 of which are Unesco World Heritage listed sites.
The exhibit includes 140,000 people, each about three inches tall and all telling a story. The park, which took five years and 14 billion yen (£90 million) to build on 87,000 square metres of land, opened its doors in 1993.
The replicas are made by Toho Eizo Bijutsu, a Japanese film production company renowned for creating the sets for Godzilla. The tourist attraction has received rave reviews on TripAdvisor with visitors commenting on the accuracy and detail of the models.
Keen photographer Dave Gibson, 33, a senior UI designer for Electronic Arts who lives in Melbourne, Australia, visited the park and gave his observations. He said: “Walking around the park was surreal. It is laid out well enough that you cannot see all the elements at the same time so the guest can fully appreciate the mood and tone set by each display which adds to the realism.”
“It was difficult to pull myself away from photographing one area and move on to the next as you’re constantly getting a new perspective on everything. I think I found the mini New York the most impressive in terms of scale and how real the photos came across.”
“The detail is absolutely astounding in these models.”
Tobu World Square is located in the idyllic mountains of Nikko, which is two hours north of Tokyo.