Nagoya - Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination
Besides Shirakawa-Go village, Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination, is one of the reason why i wanted to visit Japan during winter time. Nabana no Sato is a theme park dedicated to flowers. Located in the island of Nagashima in Kuwana City, 45 minutes away by train/bus from Nagoya.
We arrived in the late afternoon, and didn't have time much to explore Nagoya city. Nagoya from what i saw is only a big city with full of shopping centers and restaurants.
Just after had our dinner, we went to the park by train. This park is illuminated with around 8 million LED lights, which turn it into a winter wonderland straight out of a fairy tale. The crowd was extremely full that night specially crowds in the world famous light tunnel area. The tunnel is created using around 1.2 million bulbs, and it's truly spectacular at 200 meters length.
This park is really big and involves a lot of walking. besides the famous light tunnel, it has also Kawazu Sakura light tunnel with pink LED lights, designed to resemble the Kawazu cherry tree.
We didn't walk around much, just went to the tunnels and took some pictures, because of too crowded. But the park was beautiful.
The entrance ticket was 2000 yen for winter season, including 1000 yen voucher that you could use within the park to purchase some souvenirs at the shops or to buy some meals at one of many restaurants around the park.
During winter, it's really full with people. If you wanna have a nice pictures in tunnel with not much people, you should wait a bit until almost closing time (10 p.m.). This park also has ashiyu foot bath, so after having dinner, you can enjoy the foot spa to relief to soak your tired feet and to warm up from the cold. This foot spa is free to use and made from natural spring water.
From Nagoya, take the train to Kuwana Station, Take a non-stop direct bus to Nabana no Sato from Kuwana Station bus rotary, which is right in front of Sangi Nishi Kuwana Station. Buses run every 30 minutes or so and it’s about a 10 minute ride and 240 yen one-way.