Day Three in Japan took us to Tobu World Square. Another road trip meant more pillows, more Onigiri and another car nap were in order. It was another sweltering beautiful day with nothing but wall to wall sunshine. Both Miwa and her lovely friend Izumi, who joined us for the trip, thought it was random that I knew of, and requested to go to such an obscure place. They had never been themselves but it was roaring success as we all loved it!!
Tobu World Square is an architectural theme park in Kinugawa Onsen, Nikkō, Tochigi. It featured several scale models of landmarks from all over the world! I had seen a video of it on my Facebook feed about a year ago and had tagged Miwa asking if we could go when we visited because I love miniature things. My degree studies had me make scale models of building and sets for coursework, though clearly none were of the standard of the builds featured here. I’m a glutton for punishment it seems, but I loved it so much and had so much fun. To follow are bajillion photos of us all prancing around the park.
“Ready to go!”
“Even the miniature of Tokyo Station is huge!”
“Tokyo Tower which bore a strong resemblance to the Eiffel Tower. There’s a comparison post here which I found very interesting.”
“When I visited actually Sky Tree on Wednesday it was pouring with rain, so this will be the main photograph I show people of this landmark!”
“Surveying the great pyramids of Egypt”
“Saving the tower of Pisa of course!”
“Horsing around the Arc de Triomphe!”
After we were done exploring the world, we ventured to Ozasa Farm! Where we had a meal of lamb, rice and veg. But here’s the thing…we had to cook the meat ourselves on a skillet in the middle of the table! You’ve really got to work for your food in Japan.
We ordered again at a machine, and almost instantaneously received our food on a tray. I sight guidance from the girls on what needed to be cooked and what didn’t to avoid any bouts of food poisoning, and then had at it. It was surprisingly challenging balancing the act of cooking and eating simultaneously.
The ideal situation was too cook some meat and veg, then eat that as you cook more, so you have an assembly line of food always ready to eat. Needless to say as a newbie there were some lulls in my production, and I’d find myself soothing a rumbling belly with rice as I waited for my accouchements to be ready to eat. I loved the experience though as you can tell from this beaming smile.
“So friggin good!”
After a meal, we shared an ice cream and visited the petting zoo, before beginning the drive back home. I nodded off again, and awoke to gorgeous night time views.
We ended the day with a dinner at Tiger Gyoza Hall in Miwa’s neighbourhood. The best dumplings I have ever had. I don’t think there’s even any point ordering gyoza anymore, if they’re not coming from the Gyoza Hall.
“Gyoza with wings, were one of the three Gyoza dishes we tried.
All absolutely delicious. A taste sensation!! “
I slept extra soundly this night. Waiting for us the next day; Tokyo Tower and Odaiba.