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Nitobe Memorial Garden
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Burnaby, Canada
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“An Oasis of Tranquility”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

Stepping into this garden immediately awakens your senses with the peacefulness abound.

At every angle there is something in the air that beckons you to feast your sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell.

There are Bridges, ponds, streams, waterfalls, Koi, small statues, stone lanterns, flowers, a variety of trees and with ceremonial tea if you desire.

I can see why people come here to meditate, and take pictures like the ones I have taken to share.

Truly an oriental atmosphere of “Zen” as it would be in Japan.
A bit about….

Nitobe Memorial Garden

A traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden located at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Nitobe Garden is considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America and among the top five Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the Nitobe Garden includes a rare authentic Tea Garden with a ceremonial Tea House.

"I am in Japan,"

was the reaction of the Crown Prince (now Emperor) of Japan as he walked through UBC's renowned Nitobe Memorial Garden. The exquisite work of art was created out of two-and-a-half acres (one hectare) of pristine forest by landscape architects and gardeners recommended by the government of Japan.

The garden honors Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933) whose goal was "to become a bridge across the Pacific."

Among many other memorials to him is his portrait on the 5000 yen note.

Each tree, stone and shrub has been deliberately placed and is carefully maintained to reflect an idealized conception and symbolic representation of nature. There is harmony among natural forms - waterfalls, rivers, forests, islands and seas - and a balance of masculine and feminine forces traditionally attributed to natural elements. Realizing that many native trees and shrubs could be trained and pruned in typical Japanese fashion, the garden's creators incorporated them as unique features. Some maple and cherry trees and most of the azaleas and iris were brought from Japan. A place of reflection, where each step reveals a new harmony, the garden is designed to suggest a span of time - a day, a week or a lifetime - with a beginning, choice of paths, and ending.

Although it is appreciated by all who visit, it is highly recommended Nitobe visitors take advantage of tours. Visit in spring for the cherry blossoms, summer for the irises or autumn for the maples. The subtleties of Nitobe Memorial Garden can be enjoyed throughout the year: a reflecting pond with Koi, streams and waterfalls, stone lanterns and the teahouse — all contribute to a unique and meaningful.
Fee: $7.00 pp for Adults

http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/nitobe

Visited April 2014
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“Lovely, but not worth the price of admission”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2014

The garden is very lovely, but I personally did not think it was worth the $12 price of admission, plus the price of public parking. I was disappointed that it was not larger and did not have many places for sitting and relaxing. We made a special trip from downtown Vancouver to visit the garden, based on reviews. Maybe if you are into the Japanese culture it would be more special to you. However, we did find a fantastic rose garden on top of a parking garage, across from the Museum of Anthropology. It was amazing - and FREE. That is what made the drive worthwhile.

Visited July 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“A quiet break from the hustle of the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2013

Nitobe is a beautiful Japanese garden at UBC. It is a very mature garden, which I first visited 45 years ago while a student. I try to visit every spring for the blossoms, as it is just fabulous.

Nitobe is also a wonderful place to go if you just want to sit in a quiet and beautiful place to spend some time alone. I cannot recommend this place too highly.

Just a block away is the Museum of Anthropology, take that in too, and make a full day of it.

Visited May 2013
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“The only formal Japanese Garden outside of Japan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

To really appreciate this extraordinary garden, please ensure you take a tour from one of the friendly "FOGS" Friends of the Garden associated with the University's Botanical Garden. From them, you will learn about who Nitobe was, his extraordinary life, and why this classical garden was designed in his name. This garden takes you through the traditional "walk of life" from childhood to old age. The tour guide will provide you with invaluable information and explain how these gardens were designed, and how they imitate the walk of life.

There are also tickets sold for the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. These are held once a month, and the tickets are inexpensive and go quickly. If you are lucky enough to be in Vancouver during the tea ceremony and can grab a ticket, go. It's a once in a lifetime experience.

Visited October 2013
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“A living Japanese jewel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

A beautiful "island" of Japanese gardening tradition.
An oasis of tranquility, exceptional plants and oriental atmosphere!

Visited July 2013
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