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Nitobe Memorial Garden

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Address: 1895 Lower Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada
Phone Number: 604 822 6038
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The epitome of "Sabi" and "Yūgen"

This is the best Japanese garden I have visited outside of Japan. What a wonderfully classic and quietly elegant little corner of Vancouver. Slow down and do find time to take it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Petworth, United Kingdom

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Petworth, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the best Japanese garden I have visited outside of Japan. What a wonderfully classic and quietly elegant little corner of Vancouver. Slow down and do find time to take it in.

Thank Stoic_Warrior
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The steam clock was amazing, lots of restaurants and bars and lots of history, easy to find also lots of souvenir shops

Thank 523sherylw
Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Very beautiful, and a lovely place if you have limited time & want to spend it in a serene and lovely environment. But the entrance fee is a little steep for a garden that you can completely cover in 20 minutes.

1 Thank Gig R
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

If you need a quiet space to think and recharge, this is it. Small but beautifully manicured, with all the usual features of a Japanese garden: cascade, bridge, pond, stones, lanterns, trees, and flowers. At time the only noise I could hear was my own steps on the trail and the hand pruners of the gardeners who keep this place... More 

Thank Earth-Is-Beautiful4
Colorado Springs
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This a place of peace. We were in a rush when we entered the garden we had been having a awful day with an almost continual argument for about the last hour before we entered the garden. The serenity of the garden lent us peace and we found center again. Thank you for this gift.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

The Nitobe Gardens are a wonderful oasis in a busy city. Our visit was in September. The fall leaves had turned and were falling into the pond and along the beautifully groomed pathways, on a breezy afternoon. It was blissful. In order to enjoy the full beauty, you must go slow and make many stops along the way. It doesn't... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This is a gem. Make time for it when you visit UBC. it took me 2 days to see all of what UBC has to offer and lunch on 4th street at Fable or Sophie's. Dont forget ice cream at rain or shine. The garden is a manacured peaceful garden constructed with deft purpse. Its a wonder to behold

Thank Clint L
Toronto, Canada
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

After an enjoyable visit to the MOA on the UBC campus we decided to find and visit the Japanese Nitobe Memorial Garden. I found the entry fee a bit high for the size of the garden but it turns out we enjoyed ourselves and didn't regret the entry fee. It is a bit hard to find and we had to... More 

1 Thank Hardoil
Guwahati, India
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242 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

In the midst of an educational institution (UBC) this is an island of serenity where everybody can relax. Like most Japanese gardens it is artistic and elegant . A joy to behold. There is a fee but you will not regret .

Thank kakati_a
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60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

At UBC, this is good link to the history of these immigrants, fishermen, hard workers who built our history. Garden shows some of the traditional/cultural heritage of this group, whether first, second, or subsequent generations.

1 Thank PhilipOttawa

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University Land Endowments
An area as rich in history as it is in natural beauty, the expansive parkland of the University Land Endowments is protected by the city in cooperation with the University of British Columbia. A large green space studded by rose gardens, Japanese rock gardens, botanic gardens, canopy walks, regional parkland, and hiking trails, the University Land Endowments are a breath of fresh air. Combining a commitment to preserving nature with a similar promise to preserve culture, its valleys are also home to the First Nations heritage museum, the biodiversity museum, and anthropological and memorial exhibitions. From its highest canopies to the sandy shorelines of Wreck Beach, its serenity is preserved by the University buildings that dot it, combining Mother Nature and scholarship.