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Nabana no Sato is a flower park that attracts visitors all year round. In the spring, summer, and fall there are various flowers blooming that keep it attractive in the daytime. What the place is most famous for, though, is its night illuminations. The entire area becomes a beautiful illumination village and you can roam around taking in the various sites.
The area with the chapel has illuminations in and around the pond, at the entrance, in the square, etc. It also has the Begonia Garden which features large begonias no matter what time of year you come. They also have a beautiful light tunnel.
The main event however, is not in the main area of the park. After walking through the light tunnel you emerge to see a wide space filled with lights and a beautiful show of lights! Even when it's crowded, you should not have to wait long to find a good place to stand and view the show. Every year they have a different theme through the entire park, so will be different features, both in the show and around the other illumination areas.
After watching the show a few times from a few different spots, I went out back towards the pond and chapel area through a really beautiful pink sakura illumination tunnel. The park is very great and continues to attract more visitors every year.
Entrance is 2000 yen. This comes with two 500 yen vouchers that can be used anywhere inside (souvenir shops, restaurants, or the Begonia Garden). The Begonia Garden costs an additional 1000 yen, so you can see it for 'free' if you use them there.
Written Nov 28, 2012
These homes were built for a businessman in 1913. One is the traditional Japanese-style, and the other is Victorian-style. They're connected, with gardens behind them. I loved all the tatami in the Japanese-style house. And in the houses you don't wear shoes or even slippers (they give you a pair to wear between the entrance to the buildings and the actual buildings but you take them off before going in the houses) and walking on tatami in socks is really spiffy.
Written Oct 28, 2011
Mt. Tado(Tadosan) is one of the popular hiking destinations for Nagoya residents. Just as Mt. Takao in Hachioji, Tokyo, the hill, 403 meters in elevation, has a number of hiking trails for novice hikers. On the foot of the hill stands the Tado Shrine, 1,500 year-old shrine. During winter (January-March) the hilltop may have knee deep snow and family hikers enjoy snowball fights. Even serious hikers use the mountain areas to train for snowtime climbs.
Updated Oct 15, 2011
Near the Banryu Tower and Shichiri-No-Watachi site, you can recognize the former moat and stone walls of Kuwana castle. The landscape of former castle stonewalls and the moored boats is one of the unmistakable views of Kuwana. The stone walls of sannomaru enclosure, as you can see, is made up of Nozura-zumi stonework, using stones of various sizes and shapes.
Updated Oct 14, 2011
Grassy park located between Kyuka Park and Shichiri-no-Watashi site is just an ordinary park with lawns. It was the site of Sannomaru Enclosure of the Kuwana(Kyuka) Castle. At the southeastern corner of the park facing Kyuka Park, stands the statue of Tadakatsu Honda known as the fierce warrior who served under Iyeyasu Tokugawa, the first shogun of Tokugawa shogunate. Tadakatsu Honda had been the lord of Kuwana castle between 1601-1609. During his rule he modified the castle town Kuwana as it is today. The long spear behind the general (photo #2) must be Tombogiri (Dragonfly Cutter), one of the three legendary Japanese spears. The spear was so named by the legend that when a dragonfly lands on the spear it will instantly be cut in two.
Updated Sep 30, 2011
Kyuka Park, formerly a Kyuka(Kuwana) castle is a nice park with historical sites. Base of the Donjon(keep), and some tower bases are some of the things that shows it was once a castle but otherwise it is a nice park with greens. It is home to cormorants as well as turtles (most are red-eared sliders, one of the notorious invasive species in Japan).
Written Sep 30, 2011
Kuwana side of now defunct Shichiri-no-Watashi (28-kilometer-long ferry) site is a lot more closer to Hiroshige's work than that of Miya(Atsuta) side. Reconstruction of Banryu Tower in 2003 contributes a lot to that. Torii gate at the kuwana port means it is the first torii to the pilgrimmage of Ise Shrine.
Updated Aug 28, 2011
Japanese garden of Rokkaen is a typical stroll landscape garden just like those of feudal lords'. It used to have a rose garden designed by Josiah Conder. It used to be a tide garden but it was later reconstructed to as it is today. From the Tsukiyama (Artificial Mountain) you can peek through the neighboring garden open during spring and autumn seasons.
Written Aug 28, 2011
The cottage of Rokkaen was originally a tea house for inner garden but it was modified in 1938 to build a copper-roofed house with two rooms, one of them was used for Buddist prayer room. The interior of the house was designed by the tea ceremony master Sogo Matsuo.
Written Aug 28, 2011
Storehouse #2 of Rokkaen is a typical of earthen kura, known to be fireproof and highly insulated. This storehouse stored mainly tables and kitchen and dishwares. Earthen kura (Dozo) is framed in woods and plastered with clay. It keeps the temperature stable throughout the year. Owning kuras has also been used as a yardstick for one's prosperity in Japan.
Updated Aug 26, 2011