|The Nagashima Resort comprises of 4 main facilities - The Nagashima Spa Land, an amusement park which also includes a Water Park, A hot spring/ onsen complex, an outlet shopping mall and a flower park named Nabana no Sato. |
Nagashima Island near Kuwana city in Mie Prefecture is home to a variety of attractions, all forming part of a widespread resort, the Nagashima Resort. Its proximity to the cities of Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto and Kuwana make it a popular vacation destination. It has many attractions to cater to various age groups.
This theme park is filled with different flowers that bloom each season. The park also has many restaurants, beer garden, gift shops and even an onsen to cater to visitors. Visitors can also soak up their tired feet in an " Ashi yu", a foot bath.
Located close to Nagashima Spa Land, and easily reachable by express bus from Nagoya Bus Station or by train and bus, it is a great escape from the bustle of the big city.
Enjoy a stroll through the grounds bursting with seasonal flowers and shrubbery. No matter the season, it has something for you to see. Whether it is the fields of tulips in the spring, an ocean of hydrangeas and irises in early summer, or a carpet of cosmoses and dahlias in the fall, there are always new blooms of color awaiting you. However, from 2017.October14 to 2018.May 6, instead of flowers, the park comes alive at night with winter night lights.
A giant green house, known as Begonia garden has a large display of potted Begonia plants throughout the year. Entrance is charged separately for the Begonia Garden.
Nabana no Sato : Winter Illumination
Nabana 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 2016.October15 to 2017.May 7 . There are several different displays, including a light tunnel and a lit-up flower display.
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 2017.October14 to end of 2018.May .The illumination is one of the largest illumination events in Japan and as such attracts large crowds from all over the country.
There 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.
During 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.
Tickets 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 separately.
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 : 1600 yen
Parking: Ample Parking available
On certain days a shuttle bus operates between the parking area of the Nagashima Spaland area and Nabana no Sato. Check in advance.
＜Illumination＞ From Nagoya Station to Nabana No Sato
■ (train&bus) From nagoya
【By train&bus】20 minutes by train from Kintetsu "Nagoya Station" to
Kintetsu "Nagashima Station" 10 minutes by direct bus from Kintetsu
"Nagashima Station" for "Nabananosato"
【By bus】From nagoya
30 minutes by bus from Nagoya "Meitetsu Bus Center" to "Nabana no Sato"
Meitetsu Bus Center Nabana no Sato Nagashima Onsen
Stop No. 4F ② 22