December 1 – Nagoya Arrival
I took the Cebu Pacific afternoon flight to Nagoya and I arrived at around 8PM.
I had no Pocket Wifi yet that time so I had to rely on my preloaded Google map to go to my guesthouse. I took the Meitetsu train from Chubu airport to Nagoya station. The train wasn’t really tourist friendly(no English translation of the stations) so I had to listen carefully for the English announcement. In addition to that, Nagoya’s subway map was really confusing for me. I didn’t do any prior trip research so I was really hoping not to get lost. Thanks to the ever reliable Google maps I was able to find Wasabi Guesthouse without getting lost.
I was welcomed by a kind Japanese staff and she first gave me a welcome gift, the wifi password, then she showed me my capsule, the restroom and other amenities that i could use.
After settling in, I went down to grab dinner and found this convenience store which i thought a police station at first (seriously Lawson whats with that logo). I bought a sandwich and strawberry milk drink and before going to sleep I had to finish some work related task too.
My capsule was actuallly nice but since there’s no ventilation it was kinda hot inside and I wasn’t able to sleep well.
December 2 – Nagoya Castle, Nabano No Sato
My pocket Wifi still hasn’t arrived and I was really not comfortable going around the city without it but I don’t want to waste time so I decided to visit Nagoya castle. I googled how to go there from my guesthouse.
At Nagoya station, there are several train lines and a kind old man accompanied me to the correct train platform(one of the many things I like about Japanese people).
Unlike other castles in Japan, Nagoya castle’s interior was already restored. Even though this castle is not that popular, it’s picturesque exterior still impressed me.
I found an ice cream vendo machine(sorta 😀 ) and of course I had to buy the green tea ice cream. First you have to select the ice cream you like, pay for it then the machine will give you a claiming ticket which you will present to the lady.
After Nagoya castle, I went back to Nagoya station and explored the surrounding.
I went to Yodobashi to check out stuff and was so impressed by the amount of electronic devices they have.
I then went to Yoshinoya to have lunch and I ordered the beef rice bowl which instantly became my favorite(had it almost everyday!)
I went back to my guesthouse to check if they already have my Wifi but they still don’t so I decided to just go to Nagashima to visit Nabano No Sato. Thankfully, the lady at the reception was kind and she gave me instructions on how to get to Nabano No Sato. The bus station to Nagashima is also within Nagoya station area so staying in Wasabi Guesthouse was really a good idea since it’s close to both the train station and the bus station. I first bought the roundtrip ticket before I went to the platform area at second floor.
I was such a big WGM JongYeon(Jonghyun and Seungyeon) fan and one of the places they visited during their fake honeymoon trip in Japan was Nabano No Sato. It’s a huge garden during the day and an illuminated light park at night. The park was pretty huge and because it’s winter season, I didn’t expect to see flowers so I was surprised when I saw a lot.
My favourite place is the giant green house known as Begonia garden that has a large display of potted Begonia plants throughout the year.
After visiting Begonia garden, they finally light up the entire which made everything more beautiful.
This park is not only known for the flower display but also for the illumination displays such as the light tunnel. I’ve seen photos of the tunnel in the past but seeing it in real life is just so surreal.
I went back early to my guesthouse and was supposed to go to Sakae but I’m afraid I might get lost and miss my 12MN bus to Tokyo so I just went around Nagoya station again.
I found the best cheese bread at 711 and also tried the iced honey cafe au lait.
The bus pick up area was actually really confusing so please do ask Willer bus staff to make sure you’ll ride the correct bus. I booked an overnight bus to just to save up time(and money) but the bus seat wasn’t that comfortable to be honest so I only slept for around 3 hours.