Quest For Japan Logo-Ver7

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.

The following two tabs change content below.

Sponsored Links

  • Pocket
  • 1 follow us in feedly

Related Article/s:

IMG_0146

Going Green: Maishima Incineration Plant

Can you guess what this building is? I guess most people would guess that it’s a theme park being so closely located to Universal Studios Japan. Don’t worry you’re not the only one deceived by how it looks. Many tourist and locals alike in the city of Osaka mistake this building as a theme park […]

Read Article

byodoin temple

Kyoto Quest : Byodoin Temple (平等院) in Uji

Overview of Byodoin(平等院) Temple Byodoin Temple was built by the Regent, Fujiwara no Yorimichi, by rebuilding the villa of Michinaga, his father in 1052. In 1053, the following year, Amidado(Amitabha Hall) was built, where Amitabha Tathagata is enshrined, and is now called Hoo-do(Phoenix Hall). It is an elegant and ornate structure, in the image of […]

Read Article

A Weekend in Nagasaki

One weekend in June, my friend and I went to Nagasaki City for a weekend trip. Nagasaki City is the capital of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. When we arrived at the Nagasaki station, we immediately went to their tourist help desk. Good thing there was an English speaking attendant who helped us […]

Read Article

Kushida shrine, Hakata 7

Go west : Kushida shrine and others in Hakata, Fukuoka

I didn’t do “sight-seeing” in Hakata, because there aren’t many things to see as I wrote in my first post of this series. However, according to one of the official websites of Fukuoka city government (Japanese page), there seems to be many historical locations. They offer a free tablet application called “Fukuoka rekishi nabi” (navigation […]

Read Article

DSCN4045

Learning, More Fun in Nagoya City Science Museum

Since grade school, I always like science museums. Learning outside the four corners of the classroom or beyond the books and wiki pages I read is fun and more exciting than sitting for hours. Interactivity is the key here. It is because I learn and remember more when I can use more than one of […]

Read Article

Honguu of the Konpira Shrine

Due south: Konpira Shrine in Kagawa – Part 3 –

Konpira in Kagawa (3) Konpira Shrine (3) [Shoin (Library building)] To reach here, you must walk up nearly 500 steps in total. The original meaning of “shoin” was a room used as a sitting room as well as a library of the master, but since around 1600, it has referred to a whole building. This […]

Read Article

globe

Tobu World Square – Seeing the World in a Smaller Scale

A friend told me that he had sort of traveled the world at a very affordable cost. He showed me the pictures he got from his travel. At first, I thought the structures from the pictures were real but realized they were smaller scale models of famous architectures worldwide. Inside the Tobu World Square The images […]

Read Article

Moomin companion

Go west : Moomin Cafe in Hakata, Fukuoka

There are several famous things with the name of Hakata: Hakata Dontaku (a big festival), Hakata ningyou (“ningyou” means “doll”), Hakata ramen (ramen noodle with pork bone broth) and Hakata mentai (“mentai” is a short version of “mentai-ko”, “seasoned cod roe”). “Mentai-ko” is often used for pizza or pasta throughout Japan. They have got local […]

Read Article

Dazaifu 01

Go west : Dazaifu in Fukuoka – General Info

Dazaifu is very popular place for its shrine among Japanese people, especially students taking an exams. (I’ll tell you the reason in another post.) Historically, it’s also known as a government organisation to control Kyushu area in the old times. General Information “Dazaifu” – The organisation The original organisation is supposed to be located in […]

Read Article

Osafune sword craft centre

Osafune in Okayama : The land of Japanese sword – Part 2 –

Bizen Osafune Japanese sword museum (1) About 30 minute walk from the Kagato station. It’s an institution with a sword museum, a shop, a forge and a sword craft centre. It cost me 500 yen (in November 2014) to enter the museum, but others were free. There were no swordsmiths nor craftsmen except one when […]

Read Article

Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

Sponsored Links

  • Google+
    InstagramInstagram
PAGE TOP ↑