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Botanical gardens are the very reason why spring will always be my favorite season. The different colors and species of flowers make the world look 100x better. If only spring exists where I live I’d be the happiest person on earth. The temperature is also wonderful as it is sunny but cold and not too wet. Surprisingly, in great contrast from my spring vacation in Busan last year (which I describe as wet and gloomy), Nagoya is sunny and dry. My spring vacation fantasies came true (though I wish the cherry blossoms were already in full bloom but we were a week early).
Nabana no Sato is a botanical garden located outside of Nagoya City. We took the bus from Kuwana Station. Bus ride was about 30 minutes.
This was not initially included in our itinerary because this is usually not written in articles when you search for top places to visit in Nagoya. You will see Nagashima Spa Land which is an amusement park and Mitsui Outlet Park but Nabana no Sato is often not mentioned. It was through various blog posts and articles that I came across this magnificent place and I am so glad we included this in our itinerary. We were a bit early for the full bloom of the cherry blossoms and most of the flowers are not yet open but it was still beautiful and the experience magical.
Nabana no Sato is actually famous for the winter illumination. There are programs and light shows that take place during the period of winter illumination (which I think is December to May?). But we decided to go there in the morning simply because I want to see the flowers in broad daylight. I wouldn’t be able to appreciate the blossoms come evening because I could hardly see the colors. It would have been great though if we spend the whole day and night there but my mom wanted to visit Mitsui Outlet Park so we had to leave at about 2PM (we got to Nabana no Sato at around 10AM).
- There is an entrance fee of ¥2000. Entrance includes a coupon you can use at most restaurants inside.
- There is a very tiny hot spring inside where you can dip your feet if you are already feeling tired. Be mindful of the temperature of the water though because it is very, very hot! But because spring is still quite chilly it actually feels very nice on the skin and relaxes the muscles. It is near the Nagashima Beer Garden restaurant.
- The bus going to and from Nabana no Sato has a schedule so make sure to check it out so you don’t miss the bus.
- You cannot pay for the bus ride upon getting in. You have to purchase a ticket at the office in Kuwana Station and you need to present it to the driver before you can ride the bus.
- You cannot pay in credit card for the ticket to the bus and the entrance to the garden. Make sure you have enough cash on hand.
- There is a currency exchange at Kuwana Station if you don’t have Japanese yen with you.
P.S: I will be doing scheduled posts from now on. I will be posting every Tuesday (4:30PM), Thursday (4:30PM) and Sunday (11:30AM). Tuesdays are about life and fashion. Thursdays will be beauty related. Sundays will be all about my wanderlust. If you are interested in certain topics only, please do visit on the day and time stated.
P.P.S: I can’t wait to share other places we visited in Nagoya, Japan! I swear I can live there!