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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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Lovely Garden On Beautiful Campus

This is a beautifully imagined Japanese garden on the lovely UBC campus, worth about 45 minutes of slow strolling and enjoyment. It's across the street, roughly, from a steep... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a beautifully imagined Japanese garden on the lovely UBC campus, worth about 45 minutes of slow strolling and enjoyment. It's across the street, roughly, from a steep staircase access to a beautiful, rocky beach (clothing optional, but only one passing guy took that no-clothes option while we were there). You should probably just pay to park in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely gorgeous spot for beauty and tranquility. A three minute walk from the Museum of Anthropology the lush greenery, the water features both running and still and the traditional Japanese manmade elements create an ideal setting. One criticism would be: please add more seating that allows the viewer to reflect on the natural beauty.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My 11 yr old daughter and I visited here recently. It is such a peaceful place to spend time. She took a load of pictures and loved the fish in the pond. We cycled here which made "parking" a non-issue.

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Pleasanton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This memorial tea garden is situated within the campus of UBC. It is dedicated to Inazo Nitobe, a Japanese agriculturist and statesman who wanted to be a "bridge across the Pacific." He died in 1933. The garden is a serene place with a small pond and island. There are many stone lanterns and the flora is mostly greenery rather than... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolute quietness and peace of mind in an awesome location. Traditional chinese cultural stonework with greenery and ponds. plan an hour minimum with the children and note the behabiur difference after the hour ... it works as magic with calming them. this is a must see location adjacent to the botanic garden. Complementary open door access in national holidays. UBC... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Has been 20 yrs since visiting nitobe but still a gem. As u travel in a counter clockwise direction u trace yr life from conception, birth, childhood, career, retirement, and death symbolized by monument, water, trails, zig zag bridges, pavilions, mother and father lanterns, sitting benches, rocky paths, and exit

Thank YouChang
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Japanese style garden has in a fairly small area a series of quiet, shady and serene walks, a central pond, and a range of Japanese lanterns, a tea house and is located next to University of British Columbia Asian Center with some lovely statuary. Worth a quick visit especially if you visit the Anthropology Museum in the area. Bring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to Japan a few times and this would be outstanding there. Best enjoyed when there is some sunshine so the light reflects off the water onto the leaves. Bring your camera! Don't just walk, sit down and enjoy it.

Thank Tim B
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nitrobenzene Garden is a Japanese garden in the midst of UBC.grounds. If you are a garden enthusiast or crave some peace and tranquility, this is the place for you to visit. Plan to spend at least one hour and bring a comer or sketch book. While at UBC there are also the UBC rose garden and Botanical Gardens to take... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tool my two young sons for a stroll through the Nitobe Memorial Garden We paid just under $16.00 for the family rate. There are bridges, a small waterfall, and a large pond with large koi. My two boys enjoyed the bridge and all the Japanese lanterns. At the end of the garden is a traditional Japanese teahouse, which can be... More 

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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.