When planning to visit Japan in spring, visiting Nagashima Resort in Kuwana City, Mie Prefecture is suggested to be included in your itinerary. The resort comprises four main facilities: The Nagashima Spa Land (an amusement park which also includes a Water Park), a hot spring/ onsen complex, an outlet shopping mall and a flower park named Nabana no Sato. This post is about the flower park that will leave you memories of being in a flower haven, and one of Japan’s extreme theme park that will give you stories to tell of conquering one great roller coaster ride(s).
Nabana no Sato
Fee: 2,100 JP Yen
Hours: 9:00 to 21:00 (until 22:00 during weekends and holidays)
Nabana no Sato is famous for its seasonal flowers throughout the year. Although the park showcases unique flora species each season, tourists and even locals mostly pay a visit during winter and spring. This is due not only for the field of tulips that bloom different colors but also for the winter night lights / illumination that can only be seen from November to May.
- Begonia Garden
Begonia garden can be spotted on a giant green house that charges 1,000 JP Yen separate from the main entrance fee paid. You have the option to get in or not; but I suggest you do so, you won’t regret for the money spent I tell you. 🙂 The garden has a large display of potted Begonia plants and hanging flowers as you go along this giant green house.
- Tulip Field and Flower Festival
The Park hosts a flower festival during spring. This festival is reputed to be one of the largest festivals in Japan.
- Winter Illumination
During November to early-May, Nabana no Sato attracts more visitors for it hosts a Winter Illumination event. The illumination is one of the largest in Japan and attracts large crowds from all over the country.
There are two main tunnels of light that you can stroll through while you enjoy the spot-lit foliage of the season. The first trail serves as the entrance for the main illumination presentation; the second tunnel is for the exit. The Park has different themes for its visitor each year; this year’s was Haidee (until May 8, 2016 only). The presentation was about the life of Haidee in the Alps for the four seasons of the year. It lasted for 7-8 mins.
-Nabana no Sato can be fairly crowded during the winter illumination (especially during weekends and holidays). It would be a good idea to visit the park in the afternoon and then wait until the lights are up in the evening. By doing so, you can enjoy both the flowers during daylight and illumination by night.
-The 2,100 JP Yen entrance fee includes 1,000 JP Yen vouchers (two 500 yen). You can use these for the Begonia garden’s entrance fee.
Fee: 4,500 JP Yen (admission + unlimited rides); 1,600 JP Yen (admission only); Fees for individual rides range from 300 to 1000 yen per ride.
Hours: 9:30-17:00 (low season); 9:30-19:30 (peak season). Admission ends an hour before the closing time.
Nagashima Spaland is known for being the best amusement park for roller coasters in western Japan. The park has over 40 rides (from gentle ones suitable for children to outrageous ones for adventure-seekers). It is undoubtedly a fun park packed with all kinds of rides. Steel Dragon 2000, Acrobat and White Cyclone are the three most jampacked and exhilirating rides. We actually got our turns after 2-3 hours of falling in line.
- Steel Dragon 2000
Steel Dragon 2000 took the record for the longest track length—2,479 metres (8,133 ft)—which it currently holds. The ride’s speed is 153km/h (95 mph). Its maximum vertical angle is 65 degrees. The ride is the second fastest coaster in Japan and the sixth fastest in the world.
Just think of these:
Height : 141.1 feet
Top speed: 55.9 mph
Length: 3,349.8 feet
Don’t forget to keep your stomach strong!
- White Cyclone
One of the world’s largest wooden-frame roller coasters with its steep drops, the innumerable ups and downs, the shrieking of the wood, and the roar of the emtal wheels on the tracks. This ride will blow you away beyond your wildest imagination.
As I mentioned, there are over 40 rides in the park. I’ve got to emphasize the three since they’re the only ones I’ve tried. If you want to know more about the rides therein, you can visit wikipedia. 😀
-Be there as early as possible. Falling in line for the rides is the most tiring and time consuming. Also, prioritize the 3 rides mentioned above because they have an early closing time for admission. Depending on the weather, especially if its windy, Steel Dragon 2000 closes as early as 1-2:00 in the afternoon. I suggest to have the Steel Dragon, then the Acrobat and then the White Cyclone before any other rides.
-Each ride allows express passes to those who are willing to pay an addition 1,000 yen to avoid the long lines. This, however, is charged per ride; so if you are time conscious to try as many rides as possible and have an extra cash on hand, then look for the separate line for express ticket payers.
-Do not eat too much. This is self explanatory for those who have weak stomachs. 🙂
How to Get There
From the Meitetsu Bus Center next to Nagoya Station, take a bus bound for Nagashima Onsen and get off at either Nabana no Sato (890 yen, 35 minutes) or Nagashima Onsen (1060 yen, 50 minutes). Buses depart every 20 to 30 minutes. The one way trip between Nabana no Sato and Nagashima Onsen costs 450 yen and takes about 15 minutes.
Or you can visit their website for various ways on how to get there from Japan’s major cities.
Enjoy and have fun!