Travel Winter in Japan

Japan Year-end Getaway : Nabana No Sato

Even though the sun no longer shines and the moon takes over the sky, admit it your heart still yearns to fly. The train we took left Takayama station in the late afternoon and arrived at Nagoya station in almost three hours later. Realizing my New Year’s Eve was almost gone, I decided to spend the rest of the night somewhere mesmerizing. But where to? When it’s already dark.

Day 3 (con.)

Thanks to my eager soul, the coldness triggered my mind walking towards lights. It’s the winter illumination of course for a perfect fit! The very first light exhibition that is on top of recommended to do or to see list when you google for what to do or where to go at night in Nagoya would be Nabana No Sato’s winter illumination. It definitely caught my attention. The place runs its magnificent display until 9pm. It was my boyfriend who insisted we head to the place anyway even it would leave us only an hour to explore when we get there. I was very much impressed by his gesture when he abruptly stopped at the BigCamera shopping place grabbing a tripod just to cater a better night photography there for me.

The most convenient station to get off if you are coming from Nagoya station is Nagashiyama station which it takes roughly 50 minutes. From Nagashiyama station, take 2 minutes walk northeast to Kintetsunagashima Ekimae Bus Stop to take a direct bus. As we were running out of time, we so did go by a cab which would cost you around 1,000yen. Pretty much as we had expected, we had exactly an hour to admire all illuminations.

There are numerous spectacular spots with different themes. But we couldn’t really stop for them but rush to the highlight. It is a million LED light bulbs tunnel situated at the heart of the garden. It’s not very long but the scene was indeed a breathtaking in spite of thousands of people were packing in it.

I was wondering how those instagrammers captured a people-free photo in this such a crowed place (regardless photoshopping). It took us awhile and then we accidentally figured haha. There is no trick but a little tip. You would have to stay till it is about to close. When everyone checked for the time realizing it’s almost 9, they hastened off the tunnel to the rest illuminations leaving us the fine place hee hee. Well, missing the rest yourself is the cost you pay if you follow this so I recommend you to go check what is after the tunnel first and then head back for it later.

We finally had our best shots and it was time to leave. We returned to the Hotel in Nagoya when I felt lightheaded sensing that I didn’t just miss out most of the illuminations but also the dinner and a handful of Mcdonald’s fries was the only source for my lunch. A little too late for that. My stomach was already upset with me. It rejected everything I ate so I had no choice but take a little break. I laid down expecting a countdown for New Year but dozed off. I woke up and TADA! It’s January 1st already. This pretty much accomplished my New Year’s Eve in Nagoya regardless the sickness haha.


About Nabana no Sato

  • Address: 270 Komae-urushibata, Nagashima-cho, Kuwana-shi, Mie
  • Phone Number: +81-594-41-0787, +81-594-41-0788(FAX)
  • Opening Hours: 9:00AM – 9:00PM on Weekdays (Hours of operation may vary by the season)
  • Entrance fee: 2100 yen during the illumination period (includes a 1000 yen coupon that you can use in the garden)
  • Website:

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