Must-see Japanese Gardens in Nagoya


Shirotori Garden © so237(taeb)/Flickr

Nagoya is one of the most significant urban areas on The Land of the Rising Sun. It is located in central Honshu, and it is also part of the Chukyo Metropolitan Area. From the 9 million inhabitants of Chukyo, 2.3 million people live in Nagoya.

Some amazing natural sights, such as Ise Bay or Kiso River surround the city of Nagoya. In the heart of the city, there are several other natural sights as well. Parks and Japanese gardens are the pride of each and every city located in Japan. Nagoya has numerous Japanese gardens; all of them are known as popular tourist attractions. Some of the must-see Japanese gardens of Nagoya are collected in the article below. If you are interested, just visit one of them and see their beauty by yourself.


Tokugawa Garden

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Tomb of Tokugawa Ieyasu in Tokugawa Garden ©mick62/Flickr

Tokugawa Garden is the name of the green area surrounding Tokugawa Art Museum. With no doubt, this is the most beautiful Japanese garden in Nagoya. Here you can see 44 hectares of pure nature: small ponds, trees, stones, flowers and everything a Japanese garden needs. The most famous facility in the garden is probably the Black Gate (Kuro-Mon), which survived the tragedies of WW2. Besides, this is the main entrance gate of the Garden.


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Amazing green area at Tokugawa Garden, Nagoya © Collin Grady/Flickr

In the middle of the garden you can find a large pond, surrounded by tiny bridges, teahouses and even waterfalls. In this park, not cherry blossoming, but other seasonal blossoming mean gorgeous natural sights. In Tokugawa Garden trees such as Japanese apricot, maple, peony and iris have the most beautiful blossoms.

Since its reopening in 204, Tokugawa Garden is open between 9.00 and 17.30 on every day, except Mondays. The admission is 300 Yen for adults, and it is free for children under 16. The address is 1001 Tokugawacho, Higashi Ward, Nagoya.


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Tiny Waterfall at the center of Tokugawa Garden © Collin Grady/Flickr

Shirotori Garden



Cherry blossoming at Shirotori Garden © cso237(taeb)/Flickr

Shirotori, or The Swan is another pearl of Japanese gardens in Nagoya. The designers of the garden perfectly combined the proportions of the natural elements, the buildings and the water technologies. The center of the garden has a small pond which replicates Kiso River, which crosses Nagoya. Seiutei, a traditional Japanese tea house gives place to tea ceremonies for the curious tourists. Besides Seiutei there are dozens of tea ceremony houses and they are organized in the shape of a resting swan (Shirotori).

Shirotori is open between 9.00 and 16.30 every day except Mondays. The address is 2-5 Atsuta-nishimachi, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya. The entrance fee is 200 Yen for adults and it is free for children.


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Walking paths and instructions in Shirotori Garden © tsuda/Flickr


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