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“Tranquil & peaceful park...”

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
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Owner description: A Japanese cultural history museum.
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Tranquil & peaceful park...”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

From the moment you enter the actual park, you almost can not believe you are in south florida. It is so quite and calm . It's a great place to go for a romantic walk or to take pictures. They also have a nice collection of Japanese trees, and historical aspects from Florida's earlier days. On selected days they also have events that are safe to bring the entire family. I probably would not recommend bringing a regular stroller into the pathways because the trails are made of dirt and rocks so it will dirty the wheels or may even damage them. If you are hungry there's also a small Japanese rest. On site.

Visited April 2013
Thank yessy
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The Villages, Florida
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A wonderful way to spend most of a day”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

The gardens are really beautiful, and to be appreciated you should just walk through them slowly. The fee to get in was $13 for seniors) The park is sectioned into several different kinds of Japanese gardens which were very different styles and very beautiful. If was nice just to wander through them slowly and appreciate the beauty and the care that was taken to maintain them. There is an 8 minute movie about the history of the founder of the Museum which was worth seeing. I rented the audio tour ($30), but found it to be more distracting than useful. It included some information on the gardens but it seemed it was mostly artsy adjective's about serenity and peacefulness of the designs. After a little while I just stopped using it and just enjoyed walking through the gardens, the brochure was good enough. The exhibits on the Japanese colony in florida was interesting but superficial. The bonsai garden exhibit was very interesting as well. We had lunch at the Cornell Café located in the park. The food was Japanese-ish and it was very good. We also bought tickets ($5 each) for the Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstration(held one day each month). It was very interesting and afterwards they gave each person a taste of the traditional Japanese green tea.

The gift shop had many beautiful things for sale and was fun just browsing through.

All in all we thought this was well worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
Thank Jon J
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Magnificent Rich in Beauty and HIstory”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since opening in 1977. The Morikami shares South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, and explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Distinctive museum store. A treasure and beauty and peacefulness abounds.

Visited July 2012
Thank C K
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Vermont USA
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“spend hours or a day in a wonderful way”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

take some time to stand still and listen to the bamboo sing and the waterfalls talk. if you are quiet, maybe you'll be lucky like i was and see an iguana perched in a bush! a beautiful place with acres of interesting and peaceful spaces to sit and read or to listen to the recorded guidebook (rent one in the gift shop) to learn about the history of japanese gardens. the bonsai alone, they are hundreds of years old, are worth the trip, as is the restaurant.

Visited April 2013
Thank CMLucy
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Windham, Maine
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49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“do not miss this garden”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

If you like to walk along beautiful paths that are surrounded by specimen plants and enjoy great vistas, spend a half day here. The grounds are meticulously maintained to create a what feels like an authentic Japanese garden. As part of their mission is to build understanding of things Japanese, it is also quite educational about Japanese art through the museum. There is also a bit about the local Japanese immigrants to the area in the early 1900's. In addition there is a very good Japanese restaurant and a nice museum store.

Visited April 2013
Thank aconitum
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