Tobu World Square is a theme park with 1/25th scale miniature reproductions of the historic relics and buildings around the world. It took 5 years for preparation and costed 14 billion yen, and was opened in April, 1993.
The park consists of 6 zones: Japan, modern Japan, Asia, America, Egypt and Europe. 102 buildings, architecture in 21 countries, are finely reproduced. Of those, 45 pieces are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. There is the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, a pyramid, the Great Wall of China and so on; visitors can enjoy travel around the world just looking at them.
Also, 140,000 dolls of around 7 centimeters tall are placed in the park. At the miniature Tokyo Station, a sea of commuters is realistically reproduced. It is fun to look at the expression of each doll with binoculars. When a playing card which is sold in the park (1,000 yen) is used, some dolls start singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. When a photograph is taken at the angle so that the dolls are in it, it looks like real scenery.
Fine artisanal techniques can be found also in carvings and stained glasses of the buildings.
Something in Russia.
Close up of the Vatican.
There are like one million miniature people in the park.
About 5-6 feet tall.
Bigger shot of the Vatican.
Parthenon or Pantheon.
from a view that looks like it’s real.
The people are detailed too. This was someone’s job for 5 years.
I’d say maybe 8 feet tall.
If I had another person I would stand behind it like I was Godzilla. Someone did that after I took this shot.
The thin New York building.
Seriously, they look real in these shots.
Another for size comparison.
Budokan in Tokyo.
Tokyo Dome with real game and crowd sounds inside. I bet workers can stick there head up inside.
The original Imperial Hotel.
An older palace in Asakusa.
From another view.
Tokyo Town. Wanted to climb it as well.
There were trains and shinks moving around that also looked real.
As mentioned above Tokyo Station.
With buildings behind it.