Kuwana Travel Guide

  • Nabana no Sato Illuminations
    Nabana no Sato Illuminations
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  • Nabana no Sato Chapel
    Nabana no Sato Chapel
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  • Nabana no Sato Sakura Tunnel
    Nabana no Sato Sakura Tunnel
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Kuwana Things to Do

  • Nabana no Sato

    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...

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  • Rokkaen

    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...

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  • Mt. Tado(Tadosan)

    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...

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  • Moat and Stone Wall of Kuwana Castle

    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...

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  • Yoshinomaru Community Park

    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...

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  • Kyuka Park(Kuwana Castle Ruins)...

    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

    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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  • Funatsuya(Former Kuwana-juku Honjin)

    Funatsuya, formerly a Honjin (lodging for feudal lords) of Kuwana-juku, is now a high-class Japanese restaurant. In 2010 it launced a wedding site and opened a restaurant.

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  • Japanese Garden

    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...

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  • Hanare-ya (Cottage)

    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

    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...

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  • Western and Traditonal Japanese Styled...

    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....

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  • Nagayamon Gate of Seiroku Moroto II...

    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...

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  • Rokkaen: Overview

    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...

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  • Sumiyoshi Shrine

    Sumiyoshi Shrine of Kuwana was built by the cargo shippers in Kuwana during 18th century to pray for the safety of sea voyage.

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  • Kaizoji Temple

    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...

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  • Banryu Tower

    Banryu tower is one of the 51 yagura(turrets) around Kuwana castle. It was rebuilt in 2003, the second floor of the tower is used as a museum and observatory to view the Ibi and Nagaragawa areas.

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  • Nagashima Spa Land

    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...

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Kuwana Hotels

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  • Hotel Hanamizuki

    333 Urayasu Nagashimacho, Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, 511-1192, Japan

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Nagashima

    333 Urayasu Nagashimacho, Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, 511-1192, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Garden Hotel Olive

    333 Urayasu Nagashimacho, Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, 511-1192, Japan

    Good for: Business

Kuwana Restaurants

  • The best burgers in Japan!

    With it's 50s decor and large collection of records & CDs, it's a great place to hang out with friends and get a good burger. The owner/cook speaks some English and everyone is very friendly. Depending on my mood, either the bacon and cheese or acado burger.

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  • Betsu bara (always room for dessert)

    As the name implies about 90% of the dishes contain garlic! I was not a fan of garlic until I ate here. Best of all everything is good. It's best to go with a bunch of friends and have each person choose two items then feast on the fabulous food. As full as you may be, make sure you have dessert! Bestu bara, literally means separate stomach, but I...

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Kuwana Nightlife

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    by asantetravel Updated Apr 8, 2003

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    This great okonomiyaki restaurant combines two of my most favorite pleasures, food and music. There are lots of young people here, and the decor is Jamaican downstairs and African upstairs. It's a great place to listen to music, eat the best okonomiyaki (outside of Hiroshima), and people watch. Opens at 5:20pm until the early morning hours. Try the modanyaki with soba noodles!!

    Dress Code: Anything goes!

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Kuwana Transportation

  • From Osaka to Kuwana

    Take Kintetsu line from Osaka to Kuwana. First you have to get to Tsuruhashi station and change trains for Kintetsu line. Take an express train bound for Ujiyamada and change trains at Isenakagawa and take the express train bound for Nagoya. Train charge is 2,240 yen for adult from JR Osaka station.

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  • From Kyoto to Kuwana(For low budget...

    From Kyoto you can change the trains wisely and get to Kuwana with the train fare of 1,890 yen about one third of that if you use Shinkansen Bullet train to Nagoya and take Kansai train. It takes about three hours by local train so budget saving trip needs time and you will have to leave Kyoto early in the morning so that you can have both...

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  • From Nagoya to Kuwana

    Vast majority of people come to Kuwana by way of Nagoya. From Nagoya there are two train lines that lead to Kuwana: JR Kansai Line and Kintetsu Nagoya Line. If you use Shinkasen or from JR local train line area such as Hamamatsu, or Hikone for instance, use Kansai line which usually depart from #12 or #13 platform. Nagoya people however, prefer...

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Kuwana Tourist Traps

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    by taigaa001 Written Aug 8, 2011

    One thing I do not like about Kuwana is its station area. I do not feel comfortable about its deserted look. Hamamatsu until recently used to be that way, Kuwana city officials should seriously learn from Hamamatsu on urban planning and designing. It's really poorly directed. Kuwana station should not be just transitory place to Nagashima Resort. Anyway where do I start from this station to tourist attractions such as Rokkaen, Kyuka Park and Shichiri-no-Watashi site? Just turn left at the first huge road and walk about 5 minites until you reach the T intersection and turn right. Walk about ten minutes to find a road direction sign to Rokkaen. From Rokkaen area it is much easier to trace Tokaido sites.

    Don't Underestimate this town by its cover Let's find a mapboard There is a direction sign but it is hard to read Turn right at the T intersection Now I find it reassuring
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Kuwana Off The Beaten Path

  • Kitakuwana Shrine

    After I started walking from Kuwana station the first place I visited was Kitakuwana Shrine. It is a small shrine and is located along Tadokaido, an ancient highway between Shichiri-no-Watashi port and Tado Shrine. The shrine was originally built at the site where the treasury warehouse for Empress Jito, wife of Emperor Temmu, might have stood...

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  • Den of Vice

    You definitely can't say that Kuwana doesn't have flavor! This is the Den of Vice, a hip-hop clothing store on the main road, route 1. You can meet some interesting characters around here. One of the few places in Kuwana with grafitti.

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  • Senbazuru

    Senbazuru is a traditional art of Kuwana, which entails folding of many cranes from a single sheet of paper. It was developed by a priest in the Edo period. Instead of only folding a single crane, how about learning more intricate origami and folding 10 cranes from a piece of paper. Ask for more info at the Kuwana City Museum.

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Kuwana Favorites

  • Ibi and Nagara River

    From Shichiri-no-Watashi site you can see the views of Ibi and Nagara rivers seperated only by 100-meter-wide midstream bars. The river closer from the bar is Ibi river and the river beyond the bar is Nagara river.

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  • Tree Stump of one of the River-dividing...

    This tree stump was donated to Kaizoji temple to show gratitude for Satsuma Domain samurai soldiers who sacrificed their lives and wealth for taming runaway riverflows of Kiso, Nagara and Ibi rivers. The pine tree used to be one of the largest in pine grove that divides the river flows of Nagaragawa and Ibi. Planting of pine trees is one of Satsuma...

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  • What the hell?

    From the Shichiri-no-Watashi port area you can see another peculiar object that looks like moving Seattle Tower. It is one of the observation towers in Nabana No Sato. It truly is eye-catching.

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