5 Selected Parks and Gardens Where You Can Bask in Nature in Nagoya
There are many parks and gardens in Nagoya where you can feel the presence of nature. In this article we will introduce 5 selected culturally significant and beautiful parks and gardens.
Shirotori Garden is a Japanese traditional garden that features a path encircling a central pond, and is one of the largest gardens of the Tokai region. The concept behind this garden is the nature of Aichi, Gifu, and Mie. There is an artificial hill in imitation of Mount Ontake of Gifu, and a stream and a pond to imitate the Kiso River of Aichi and the Ise Bay of Mie. The tea ceremony room Seiu-tei is designed with an image of a swan flying down to the garden, and its elegant presence is one of the highlights of this location. It is recommended that you have a tea break with wagashi (traditional Japanese confectionery) and green tea at Shioiri-tei, which has a pond with an innovative design that replicates the rise and fall of the tide. Admission: 300 JPY (free of charge for middle school students and under).
Tokugawa-en is a renovated residence and garden of the Owari branch of the Tokugawa clan, the oldest of the three honorable houses of Tokugawa. It is Nagoya’s representative Japanese garden, and features, as in Shirotori garden, a path encircling a central pond. Breathtaking natural scenery is enriched by utilizing a 6m waterfall divided into 3 stages, a difference of elevation and pre-existing trees. Seasonal plants like fresh verdure, autumnal tints, peony, and iris can be seen. Additionally, Ryusen pond, imitating the ocean, and peony garden are also popular.
Admission: High school students and over: 300 JPY; Middle school students and under: Free.
This is a garden located in the center of Nagoya with the concept of "a flowery atelier that you can stop by" where you can enjoy an abundant natural atmosphere. Hisaya-odori Garden Flarie consists of 6 themed gardens where you can also enjoy cuisine and shopping. Seasonal flowers can be observed and wandering this garden will leave you feeling refreshed. A building in this garden with the theme "the residence of an orchid loving European diplomat" is very popular as a filming location. Why not visit and take a photograph that could be your best memory here?
Nagoya Port Wildflower Garden Bluebonnet consists of 22 different gardens where you can enjoy the scenery of an almost unrefined field. The model garden, designed by an internationally recognized gardener, is especially beautiful and you will find many tips for your own home gardening. This is a highly recommended garden with beautiful plants representing the four seasons and a pond that's definitely worth a visit.
Admission: Adults: 300 JPY; Over 65 years old: 200 JPY; Elementary and middle school students: 150 JPY; less than 6 years old: Free; Disabled/attendant (up to 1 person): 200 JPY; Disabled elementary and middle school students: 100 JPY.
This park was reformed from the venue used for the Aichi International Exposition "Love–Earth Fair" in 2005. They have many facilities enjoyable for both kids and adults such as a museum of the 2005 exposition, swimming pool, skating rink, cycling course, and large lawn field. They also have the 88m-tall Ferris wheel, and the house of the sisters, Satsukei and Mei, from the movie "My Neighbor Totoro," which gained international recognition with the 2005 exposition. You can also have a calm, relaxing time surrounded by nature in the flower garden or Japanese garden filled with Japanese tradition and nature. It is a park with many different enjoyable options.
Admission to the park and the museum is free, however additional charges are needed for some facilities.
Nagoya has many natural locations where you can relax your mind and body while traveling. We hope you enjoy a refreshing tour in Nagoya.
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