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Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination

By Anne Vornbrock. Posted on February 21, 2014

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Enjoy a winter wonderland without the snow! Japan is famous for its winter illumination, and Nabana no Sato (なばなの里) in Mie is no exception. 

The winter illumination is open until March 31st, 2014 this year. Bundle up or bring someone to snuggle up to and enjoy thousands of twinkling lights at Nabana no Sato in Mie. 

Located close to Nagashima Spa Land, and easily reachable by express bus from Nagoya Bus Station or by train and free shuttle 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 November to March, instead of flowers, the park comes alive at night with winter night lights. 

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For the price of 2,000 yen, of which you get 1,000 yen back in coupons to spend in the park, you can stroll the paths lit by thousands of glowing lights, giving the grounds an ethereal effect. 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. The main display this year is a representation of Mt. Fuji. 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.

Whatever you do, bring your camera! My cell phone photos just do not do it justice! 

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Anne Vernbrock is living in Japan for over several years as an English teacher. She loves traveling and taking photograph.

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