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Around the World in 80 Seconds

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This globe of ours is just too big. Who has time to go everywhere and see everything? Instead time-constrained travelers could go to Tobu World Square, a theme park in Japan which features (tiny) famous monuments and locations from around the world, all within easy walking distance.

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Eiffel Tower? Check. Statue of Liberty? The Sphinx? Buckingham Palace? Versailles? The Vatican? Angkhor Wat? Check. There's even one landmark which no longer exist in the real world (see below).

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It took five years to complete Tobu World Square, which opened in 1993. Forty-two famous landmarks were shrunk to 1/25th of their original size, and sprinkled with 140,000 little people, each with a different face.

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The park's mission is to preserve ancient sites for tourists of the future, albeit in miniature. This gives it a cultural imperative that Legoland certainly doesn't have.

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If you can't make it to Tobu, much of the park is visible on the park's website. But we imagine it's much more entertaining in person (see below). 

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Click here for more pictures. RM

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