On this day I was fortunate enough to travel along with Momoko and Fiona, two friends from Chukyo University, to Mie Prefecture. Many students at Chukyo University are from the Mie Prefecture area; therefore, I wanted to go there at least once to see the hometown of my friends attending Chukyo University. The specific city we traveled to was Kuwana City （くわな・桑名市）. For all you botanists and illumination lovers, I recommend visiting a place named Nabana no Sato (なばなの里）; you can take a bus straight from Nagoya Eki to the bus stop in front of this botanical garden. However, the illumination is typically shown only during the winter season, but I was lucky the garden extended this period until the month of March. A round trip bus ride from Nagoya to Mie is about 1700円(15USD) and takes about an hour to an hour and a half to arrive to the garden. There is an entrance fee of 1600円(14.50USD), but you get two certificates worth 500円(4.50USD) each to use as you please.
Inside the garden there are various restaurants, museums, and a 360 tower which will accept the use of your certificate. So think of this as a 600円(5.50USD) entrance fee. This is a cheap price for a chance of seeing one of the best outdoor botanical garden in the world. I will post photos; however, I really hope you can take a trip to Japan and visit this gorgeous area.
In my opinion, the morning sight is a better time for flower viewing. Great weather plus gorgeous flowers make for the perfect photography session. Also, when you get hungry stop by any of the restaurants for a delicious meal using your gift certificates. Around 4:30PM is your best time for dinner and soon after you can enjoy a nice illuminated walk through the garden.
My friends told me to close my eyes and I was welcomed by this magical sight:
After seeing this I knew the walk would be one I would never forget. For the next hour and a half we walked through the garden which we saw in the morning, but in a more different setting. What used to be broad daylight was not an illuminated garden. As I said before, pictures may be one thing, but seeing it with your own eyes is an experience worth trying out.
Not much for this update except for pictures, but I do hope you visit Japan today, more specifically Nabana no Sato for a stroll in the botanical garden. For today, I wanted to keep it short and not give out too much details about the garden just so you can experience this area with your own eyes. Until next time everyone ~~