Kuwana Things to Do

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    Red Pavilion is A Nice Place to Rest
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    Nabana no Sato

    by Rabbityama Written Nov 28, 2012

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    Nabana no Sato Light Show
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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.

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    Rokkaen

    by PRhymer Written Oct 28, 2011

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    My Entrance Ticket (I didn't take photos)

    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.

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    Mt. Tado(Tadosan)

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 15, 2011
    Mt. Tado viewed from Shichiri-no-Watashi site

    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.

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    Moat and Stone Wall of Kuwana Castle

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 14, 2011
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    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.

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    Yoshinomaru Community Park

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 30, 2011
    Yoshinomaru Community Park
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    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.

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    Kyuka Park(Kuwana Castle Ruins) :Overview

    by taigaa001 Written Sep 30, 2011

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    The Board Shows How the castle used to be
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    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).

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    Shichiri-no-Watashi site

    by taigaa001 Updated Aug 28, 2011
    Banryu Tower
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    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.

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    Japanese Garden

    by taigaa001 Written Aug 28, 2011
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    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.

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    Hanare-ya (Cottage)

    by taigaa001 Written Aug 28, 2011
    Cottage of Rokkaen

    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.

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    Storehouse #2

    by taigaa001 Updated Aug 26, 2011
    Storehouse #2 of Rokkaen
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    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.

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    Western and Traditonal Japanese Styled Manshion

    by taigaa001 Written Aug 19, 2011

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    Western-style Manshion Entrance
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    The residence of Seiroku Moroto, one of the wealthiest merchants in Kuwana, built in 1913, combines Western manshion with traditional Japanese palace house. It was designed by an English architect Josiah Conder who are known by a number of masterful buildings and manshions in Japan. His disciples include Kingo Tatsuno who designed Tokyo station. Conder was also well versed in traditional Japanese culture and even wrote comments on Japanese landscape gardens. Guiding of the residence is free of charge but only available in Japanese. You can also have Japanese green tea with sweets for 300 yen.

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    Nagayamon Gate of Seiroku Moroto II Residence

    by taigaa001 Written Aug 19, 2011
    Nagayamon Gate of Rokkaen

    Nagayamon Gate, traditional Japanese gate with watchmen's residence, serves as the entrance of Rokkaen. It is the place to get an admission ticket and brief panphlet written in both Japanese and English. Nagayamon Gate started as the style of gate for Samurai Houses, Castles or Palaces but during latter part of Edo Period during late 18th to 19th century wealthy landowners started to build this style of gate. That's the reason why there are a lot of Nagayamon gates in rural areas of Japan.

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    Rokkaen: Overview

    by taigaa001 Written Aug 17, 2011

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    Built as a manshion of the second generation Seiroku Muroto in 1913, this house and garden is one of the most popular attractions in Kuwana. It's manshion was built by Josiah Conder an English architect who also built well-known buildings such as St. Nicholas Cathedral (Nichokai-Do) in Tokyo. Its garden is also nicely built and is nice place to stroll. Some of the buildings in Rokkaen are historical houses related to Takasu Domain origially located at Kaizu, Gifu.

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    Kaizoji Temple

    by taigaa001 Updated Aug 15, 2011
    A Zen temple means a lot to Kagoshima people
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    A zen temple(Sotoshu sect: Head temple, Eiheiji in Fukui Prefecture), built in 1574, is known as the place of the graveyard for Satsuma Domain samurai soldies who lost their lives in Horeki River Improvement works to tame the river flows of Kiso, Nagara and Ibi. Horeki river improvement works was intended by Tokugawa Shogunate to weaken the Satsuma Domain which was the anathema to the government. The harassment of the government was such that 50 soldiers commited seppuku to protest and about 200 soldiers believed to have been the victims by the disease. Yukie Hirata who was in charge of the works finally took responsibility for the deaths and budget overrun by committing seppuku. The resentment of Satsuma people generated during mid 18th century was believed to be one of the motives for overthrowing the Tokugawa shogunate about 100 years later from the public work project.

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    Nagashima Spa Land

    by taigaa001 Written Aug 10, 2011
    Swimming pool of Nagashima Spa Land
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    When Tokyo residents are excited about new roller coaster in Fujikyu Highland in Yamanashi, people living in the western part of Japan are curious about the next move by Nagashima Spa Land in Kuwana, Mie. There has been unending rivalry between the two amusement park giants in Japan. When I visited Jazzdream Nagashima, I didn't have time for this amusement park so I could only take some photos from outside. During summer swimming pools of the park are full of people. Particularly the hot day like that day.

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