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Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination – Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Date Published: Last Update:2015/05/25 Travel & View point , , ,

Yes, march is already ending today and the winter chill has slowly abated making way for spring, but if you still can’t get enough of winter and  you want to prolong that winter holiday feeling, head over to Mie Prefecture and visit Nabana no Sato on the island of Nagashima in Kuwana City.

Nabana no Sato

Nabano no Sato is a flower park famous for its seasonal flower shows. But during the winter season, along with other places all throughout the country, the park puts up a winter illumination. It is regarded as one of the best and finest in Japan.

The winter illuminations are held from November to March and the number of visitors to the park surges during these months.

All bundled up armed with a lot of kairo (カイロ, pocket heater/ hand warmer), we went late in the afternoon so that there was still enough natural light to view the flowers. Then when it started to get dim and the LED lights started to light up the whole place was transformed.   All the inner cursing I did against the cold was gone (being from a tropical country, I just couldn’t get myself used to the cold) and instead filled with child-like wonder.

While walking through the ‘Tunnel of Light’ a 200 meter tunnel  lit with around a million LED lights, I caught myself singing  a line from a Christmas song that goes ‘walking in a winter wonderland’. For truly it was!

Tunnel of Light

It’s so hard to get a decent picture of yourself in the tunnel though because of the sizable crowd going through it.  If you want a good shot you better wait till you’re at the end of the line and the crowd has gotten smaller.

Mt Fuji

The rest of the park’s display however changes from year to year depending on that year’s chosen theme.

Restaurants and gift/souvenir shops abound in the park. And for those wanting to beat the chill there is an onsen too.

Nabana no Sato Information

Here is some information from Mie Tourism Guide:

Location 270 Komaeurushibata, Nagashima-cho Kuwana City
>> Nearbysightseeing spots
>> Nearbylodging
Access Approx. 10-minute bus ride to Nabana no Sato Bus Stop on Sanko buses heading to Nagashima Onsen from Kuwana Station on JR or Kintetsu Line
Fee (admission, etc.) 1500yen
Nabana Coupon tickets (¥1,500 for above elementary school), including ¥1,000 in-store voucher.
※¥2,000 at the opening of the winter illumination
*Begonia Garden admission: Adults: ¥1,000; Elementary/junior-high students: ¥700; Infants: ¥200
Bath Open-air bath
Open 9:00~21:00
For further information: Nabana no Sato
TEL:0594-41-0787
FAX:0594-41-0788

Check out http://www.nagashima-onsen.co.jp/nabana/index.html/ for more information.

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