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Nitobe Memorial Garden

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Nitobe Memorial Garden is a Japanese tea and stroll garden ranked consistently in the top 5 Japanese Gardens in North America. A place of reflection, where each step reveals a new harmony.
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1895 Lower Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You can easily do this as well as the Museum of Anthropology it is < 5mins walk away. Beautiful tranquil garden. There is an explanatory sheet which explains more, however we'd just done 3hrs in MOA and we were too tired to concentrate, to get...More

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UBCgarden, Manager at Nitobe Memorial Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for sharing your review.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walk. Think. Sit. Meditate. Contemplate. Dream. All are possible here. Be sure to use the map so you don't miss anything. The southwest part has some traffic noise, so move through here quickly before the mood is broken. The waterfall in the NW is a...More

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UBCgarden, Manager at Nitobe Memorial Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

DO NOT MISS this garden, which is tranquil and beautiful garden to walk, sit and contemplate in. It is just a lovely, calm piece of nature outside of the rush of the world and commemorates a great man. Walking the garden, take time to stop...More

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UBCgarden, Manager at Nitobe Memorial Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for the lovely review of our garden.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is billed as one of the top five Japanese gardens outside of Japan and that is totally believable. The garden covers only two acres and is organized around a meandering pond... each rock, slope, and plant seem chosen for perfection and to create a...More

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UBCgarden, Manager at Nitobe Memorial Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for sharing your experience. It sounds like you had a lovely visit.

Reviewed August 6, 2018

Toured this amazingly beautiful gardens as part of a tour of the UBC campus. A true treasure and one of many highlights of our trip.

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Reviewed July 17, 2018

This is a stunning garden to visit. It is cool, calm, beautiful and just an absolute joy to visit. It has inspired me to visit Japan.

Thank Sandy W
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Don't expect anything flashy, but you will find a beautiful traditional Japanese garden. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the University of British Columbia Campus, this garden is next to an interesting building that is home to the Asian Studies Library. If you are...More

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Reviewed June 24, 2018

My wife and I visited Nitobe Memorial Garden in June 2018 and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We spent about an hour at the garden and were very impressed with its design, flow, atmosphere, and care. It was laid out in the general design of one's...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

I visited Nitobe Garden again a couple of weeks ago. This was my third visit in three years, and in many ways it was the most enjoyable. On my first two visits, it was exciting and delightful to discover all the beautiful vistas, the water...More

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Reviewed June 3, 2018

Visited in June with my two sons. It is a picturesque serene garden in the Japanese style but with most of the plants being local varieties. My son who is into Bonsai treatments of plants was disappointed to find that there were a very few...More

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UBCgarden, Manager at Nitobe Memorial Garden, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience. If you are looking for bonsai specifically you may enjoy a visit to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. They have a small section of bonsai.

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I have only visited the gardens in April . Most of the flowers had not yet bloomed and I just caught the end of the cherry blossoms blooming. I still enjoyed it immensely . The leaves that do change colour will probably be... More
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Response from MonikaAjith | Reviewed this property |
Nitobe gardens is very much in the UBC campus. It is a Japanese garden. It is pretty, not too big. Also has a tea-ceremony - I think you need to book in advance. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen is a Chinese garden that is free.