Located on the island of Nagashima in Kuwana City, Nabana No Sato（なばなの里）is famous for it’s year round flower displays. However during the winter months of October to March the park is transformed in to what is considered to be one of Japan’s best winter illuminations display.
The theme of the displays changes every year, which in return keeps attracting up to 2 million visitors annually! Past themes have featured a giant LED illuminated model of Mount Fuji as well as a massive 20×120 meters illumination of Niagara Falls.
This year’s theme is based on ‘Heidi, Girl of the Alps’; a 1974 Japanese anime series based on the Swiss novel ‘Heidi’s Years of Wandering and Learning’ by Johanna Spyri. The backdrop of the theme will be the Matterhorn Peak in California, USA.
The one attraction that doesn’t change every year is the 100 meter long Tunnel of Lights. Thousands of light bulbs are arranged in the shapes of pink lotus flowers and yellow field mustard flowers, the two common spring flowers found in Japan.
If you’re lucky enough to be around Nagoya and armed with the all-wonderful JR Pass then you should certainly consider visiting. You can take the JR train from Nagoya to Kuwana Station, where you’ll be able to ride the direct bus (¥240 one way) to Nabana no Sato park.
Official website (Japanese only)