|Nabana no Sato : Winter Illumination
no Sato, near Nagashima Onsen Resort in Mie Prefecture, is a theme park
known for its flora, but also for its four month long illumination
spectacular that runs from the last decade of October to early-May.
There are several
different displays, including a light tunnel and a lit-up flower
The park is famous for its seasonal flowers throughout
the year, and also hosts a flower festival in spring. This flower
festival is also reputed to be one of the largest such festivals in
Japan. From spring to summer, the park is home to a variety of flowers-
Hydrangea, Tulips, Roses and Daffodils.
But the park perhaps
attracts maximum visitors in the winter, when the park hosts a Winter
Illumination event. The Winter illuminations are held from November to
end of to early-May..The illumination is one of the largest illumination events
in Japan and as such attracts large crowds from all over the country.
are two main tunnels of light you can stroll through while you enjoy
the spot-lit foliage of the season. Trails of lights wind in and out of
bushes, follow the landscape and glide over the water. Created with
lights, fabric and music, it is transfixing.
Beyond the lights
themselves, shops, restaurants, and vendors are also open, allowing you
to spend the 1,000-yen coupon on delicious food or souvenirs.
the winter illumination, Nabana no Sato can be fairly crowded during
the weekends. It would be a good idea to visit the park in the afternoon
or early evening and then wait till the lights are up. We did the same
so that we could enjoy both the floral beauty by the daylight and the
illumination by night.
are priced at 2,300yen for elementary school children and above during
the winter illumination. The tickets also include vouchers for 1000 yen
which can be used at the gift shops and food joints in the park.
Entrance to Begonia Garden, Onsen and the Island Fuji are charged
Address: Mie Prefecture, 511-1144 , Kuwana city, Nagashima cho, Komae Urushibata 270
Opening hours : 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
During Winter Illumination :2,300 yen (Elementary school students and above); includes vouchers for 1000 yen
Rest of the year : 1,600 yen
Parking: Ample Parking available
certain days a shuttle bus operates between the parking area of the
Nagashima Spaland area and Nabana no Sato. Check in advance.