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Huis Ten Bosch opens immersive Fantasia light experience

Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, Japan has opened an interactive lighting attraction called Fantasia City of Lights.

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Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture that recreates a Dutch town, opened a new attraction for the first time in 11 years on March 20.

The interactive attraction is known as Fantasia City of Lights. It comprises seven indoor areas that use state-of-the-art digital lighting and projection mapping technologies.

Each area is themed, inspired by flowers, space, the forest, the ocean and music.

“It is an experience-based facility where visitors of all ages can get a thrill,” said Katsuhiko Sakaguchi, president of Huis Ten Bosch Co (via The Asahi Shimbun).

State-of-the-art digital lighting

Huis Ten Bosch renovated the former Thriller City attraction to accommodate Fantasia City of Lights, which was delayed due to COVID-19.

The floral-themed area is a secret laboratory where flowers bloom and guests use all five senses, including scent. It boasts a flowering path, flower shower and a garden of reflection.

The ocean-style offering is a deep sea environment, home to a fluid wall of jellyfish, ocean tunnel, and an impressive schooling fish lighting experience.

The space zone invites visitors to ride a rocket and enjoy beautiful galaxies of light, while the forest attraction includes a café and colour-changing tree.

Galaxies of light, blooming flowers

H.I.S., the owner of Huis Ten Bosch, is known for its early use of robots at its Henn na Hotels. It planned to open 100 robot hotels by 2021, but ended up culling half of its bots because they made more work for human staff.

Elsewhere in Japan, teamLab, which creates interactive art spaces, is merging art and wellness with its latest digital art experience, TikTok teamLab Reconnect, open now in Roppongi, Tokyo.

“Art is traditionally exhibited in luxurious places like palaces or museums – we wanted to create a luxurious state of mind for people to experience it,” said teamLab lab member Takashi Kudo.

Images: Huis Ten Bosch

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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