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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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So peaceful. I was glad to have done this small garden another day from the Botanical Garden, same ticket too. A small, intimate and welcoming calm nestled up to university... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Sooke, Canada
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Sooke, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So peaceful. I was glad to have done this small garden another day from the Botanical Garden, same ticket too. A small, intimate and welcoming calm nestled up to university walkways. Go around more than once, traverse the pathways both ways. Walk over the rocks st the waterfall. Visit the Koi. Extend the calming effect by visiting the Asian Centre... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Classic Japanese Garden. It's very peaceful here. I came here with a girl and we had a very nice chat walking around :)

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is simply the loveliest and most authentic Japanese garden that I have seen outside of Japan. A wonderful place to spend a few quite hours on a nice day in Vancouver.

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Don Lorenzo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It seems as if all of the University of British Columbia is under construction. There are hard hatted workmen, construction cranes, protective fencing and detour signs everywhere. Amid all this hustle the Nitobe Japanese Garden is a calm in a construction storm--creating exactly the peaceful mood the a Japanese Garden is supposed to foster. The tasteful combination of water, plants,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great place to have a chat with yourself. Being there gives you some illusion that you are in japan or some exotic asian countries. This garden looks very pretty in every season, but my favourite is autumn when tree leaves turn yellow and red. Worth a visit if you visit UBC.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a jewel in the city. Beautiful vistas, wonderful colours, and very popular. We noticed many families visiting and/or having a picnic on the grounds. Pack a lunch and come by. Paid parking meters nearby.

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Richland, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The garden is not small but take the time to slowly wander about and enjoy the beauty of rocks, trees, and water. Wish we could have seen it in the Autumn when the leaves change color.

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Vancouver BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tiny walled garden in the grounds of the University of British Columbia was opened in 1960 to honour the Japanese scholar and pacifist Niobe Inazō. It is maintained by a highly trained Japanese gardener using traditional tools and features glorious patches of moss, perfectly groomed trees, bridges and rock pools and a koi pond. There is a tea house... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really were not that impressed by the Museum of Anthropology. I mean, it was just okay. But, Nitobe Garden is just a short walk from the museum. It was a highlight of our trip to Vancouver.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Peaceful and beautiful garden especially when there is no one else there. Relaxing place to sit and think. Highly recommended.

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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.