Winter means light illumination is everywhere! As this is my first winter, I am excited to see how winter illumination in Japan is. The first light illumination that I decided to visit was Nabana no Sato. Located at the island of Nagashima in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, this location is actually a flower park that illuminated from mid-November to early May.
The first beautiful illumination I saw at the park is this blue bed of flowers with some decorated arcs. It is said that when two people passing below the arch, they will be happy. This story is quite famous among couples, thus lots of couple are coming and take a walk around the bed.
Going inside, they have more various light illuminations. The one in the middle of the park is illumination on the water, where illuminated chapel, trees, and other things are reflected beautifully.
As you can see on the picture above, there is a round “flying object”, which is actually an attraction named “Island Fuji”. It is a flying observatory ride that takes you up to 45 meters above the ground to be able to enjoy the panoramic view of lighted flower garden. It costs 500 yen for a ride.
Next is the famous light tunnel “Flower Corridor”. It was magnificent to walk below 1.2 million light bulbs. My tips for those who want to take good pictures: walk first to the half of the tunnel, then stop and take pictures. Most people stop for pictures at the entrance, which end up crowded. We don’t like too much people interrupting our beautiful photo, don’t we?
After 200 meters walking, at the end of the tunnel I arrived at the main attraction of this year winter illumination, “Heidi, Girl in the Alps”. Unfortunately I could not capture a good picture of Heidi. However, it was a nice big illumination of Alpen Mountain that changes overtime, along with story and music.
To go out from the main attraction area, we have to pass through another light tunnel. Unlike the previous tunnel, this 100 meters tunnel has a different theme every year. This year, the theme was “The world of blue”.
Last but not least, I enjoyed autumn light illumination. Since I went there in late November, there were still some red maple leaves at the park. I am grateful for this, because I ended up not having a chance to see any autumn light illumination in Kyoto.
Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination
270 Komae, Nagashima-cho, Kuwana city, Mie Prefecture, 511-1144 Japan
Days & Hours:
Monday to Sunday
Park facilities : 09:00 – 22:00
Winter illumination starts from middle of November to early of May
2100 yen for elementary students and above
Ticket include souvenir vouchers of1000 yen
Make your way to Nagashima Station, either by Kintetsu or JR. Wait at Bus Stop #2 for a non-stop direct bus to Nabana no Sato. Buses run every 30 minutes. It costs 240yen for about 10 minute ride (one-way).