Nabana-no-Sato Flower Garden

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End May 17, 2013

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Nabana-no-Sato literally means "the village of field mustard", but it is a spacious garden with a lot of different flowers. However, it's nationally famous speciality is not flowers, but Christmas lights. The event starts in early November and ends in mid March every year. The number of LED bulbs used is the even the largest of Japan and it is still on the rise. This year, they announced they used 5.8 million bulbs to illuminate their garden.

The flower garden was a bit far from my house, but I left home at four in the afternoon. I purposely left late on the day, because I knew the peak time was about five, so I avoided the time. According to its website, the best way to get there is to walk from Nagashima Station and I took the way. Honestly, I was uncomfortable to walk in the countryside darkness for 25 minutes at night in late fall. Besides, I was not sure of the right direction to the garden and nobody was walking around there.

Anyway, I arrived at Nabana-no-Sato flower garden at half past six. Even the entrance was beautifully illuminated with Christmas lights. At the gate, I didn't need to buy an admission ticket, because I bought it at a ticket shop of Nagoya. The original price was JPY 2,000 in this season (it varies from season to season), but I got it for JPY 800 including a ticket for the Begonia Garden. By the way, I hesitated to go to Nabana-no-Sato alone, because nobody goes there alone, although I have entered Movie World of Gold Coast alone. However, the Christmas lights were so tempting that I had no choice but to try it. As I had expected, the flower garden was full of lovers... and I was embarrassed.

I don't have anything to add to my photos which show the beautiful decoration lights enough. All of the decorations were impressive and unforgettable. I was not interested in flowers so much and I didn't know what begonia was like. However, my ticket happened to include an admission to the begonia garden, so I tried it with no expectation. To be honest, it was lovely and mesmerising. Actually, because the admission ticket sold at the counter was a bit pricey, there were only a few visitors in the garden. The new decoration light of this year, "Mt. Fuji and the Sea" was outstanding. I had never seen such a great Christmas light before and there was no doubt that it was the most elaborate work of its kind in Japan. Near the exit, there was a pond reflecting trees with autumn leaves. Unfortunately, it was too early to view autumn leaves there, but I supposed the view would be great in a couple of weeks.

Mt. Fuji And the Sea Video
I took a video of the new attraction of this year and uploaded on You Tube. The Christmas Lights of Mt. Fuji was more beautiful than the real figure, changing its colour frequently. The waves in the sea looked moving with the sound of real waves.

Nabana-no-Sato Decoration Lights Video
This is another video from Nabana-no-Sato which I uploaded on You Tube. They say that a decorated pond with lights is rare and wonderful. The lights modeled the three rivers running around the area: the Kiso, Nagara, and Ibi Rivers.
Nabana-no-Sato Official Guide 
They don't have an English official website, but this is official information in English. 

Mie Tourism Guide - Nabana no Sato
You can gather general information in English at the website. 
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jane on

hi! i have read your blog about going to nabana no sato and saw the pictures. I together with my family are planning to go there at the end of dec. may i know where did you exactly purchase the entry ticket to nabana no sato. it was so cheap compared to the original price. thanks a lot.

jane on

hi there! thank you very much for your reply. will look for that shop. already excited to go to nabana no sato.

misocutlet on

My pleasure. Have a nice trip!

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