I hadn’t seen a field of tulips before, so I decided to visit my favorite garden in Mie which is Nabana No Sato. This place changes the flowers depending on the season. I remember in autumn it had cosmos festival. And I think by the end of May, a new set of flowers will be planted as soon as the tulips have withered.
How To Go There:
Go to Meitetsu Bus Center just somewhere at the back of Nagoya Station. Buy a ticket to Nabana no Sato. Here’s the bus schedule. (*Schedule may change without prior notice.)
There is a secret garden in a place called Nabana no Sato. Nabana no Sato is a theme park located in Mie Prefecture, Japan. I explored that park before for its Winter Illumination but I didn’t even stumble on that garden.
I refer to the Begonia Garden in Nabana no Sato as a secret place because I didn’t know such an ethereal place is confined in what looks like a simple building from the outside. I just happened to see a picture of it in Instagram and I was like “I didn’t see it when I went to Nabana no Sato!”. That led me to take a second visit. When I was there, I spent more than half of my time just within that big garden. It was enough to cool myself during a very humid August summer.
The first room that you’ll enter is filled with Begonias. According to the American Begonia Society, Begonias have 1500 different species and they can grow from a mere few inches high to more than 12 feet. For me, they looked like roses, just a little bit bigger. The begonias on display in Nabana no Sato come in different colors. Each begonia is planted in a pot. There seemed to be like a hundred of potted begonia plants arranged carefully inside the huge greenhouse.
When you move on to the other parts of the glass building, you’ll see different kinds of plants and colorful flowers. I think what makes the place more exquisite are the hanging plants that look like art installations. Before you eventually make an exit, there is an area that for me would definitely be a perfect venue for a dream garden wedding. The medium-sized fountain pond filled with floating colorful water lilies and lotus flowers creates a perfect balance to such a flower-packed setting. Everything seems to be in place. Just have that special someone and your entourage!
The Begonia Garden in Nabano no Sato somehow reminds me that life is beautiful and colorful. And that it is possible to have that kind of beauty around us if we just continue to care and protect nature.
I feel like my Christmas isn’t complete without going for a visit to Nabana No Sato in Mie Prefecture. I went on a rainy day which was what I was hoping for since I wanted to capture the lights reflecting off of the wet pavement. It just looked alive and dramatic that way.I was actually surprised that a lot of people came even though the rain was so hard. It was difficult to take pictures with my camera so I just decided to use my cellphone. The place was so crowded that you’d have to go through the tunnels maybe thrice (which I did) just to get a shot with few people on it.There were two kinds of light tunnels. The first tunnel is pictured above. The second one is the blue tunnel. The second tunnel changes every year. Two years ago, the tunnel was pink because of the sakura theme. I wanted to go here on the 25th of December but I chose the 23rd instead because I didn’t want to be with a lot of couples. Christmas Day in Japan is considered a romantic holiday in which you’ll see a lot of couples go out on dates.
The winter illumination in Nabana No Sato is such a beautiful, magical and romantic attraction. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it. This is one of the places that I’ll surely keep visiting every year.
How To Go There:
Go to Meitetsu Bus Center just somewhere at the back of Nagoya Station. You can buy a bus ticket to Nabana No Sato (less than 2,000 yen round trip) on the third floor. Make sure you ask the person behind the counter for the bus schedule so you won’t miss the last bus. Get off at Nabana No Sato bus stop. The entrance fee costs 2,100 yen. You will be given a ticket with a 1,000 worth of gift certificate which you can use to purchase anything from the stores inside the area.