The Garden Guide

Nitobe Memorial Garden

The Nitobe Garden honours Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933) who sought 'to become a bridge across the Pacific' - and when the Crown Prince came here he remarked 'I am in Japan'. The garden was designed and made by Japanese experts and the University holds an archive of photographs and drawings recording their work. It was planned as a Tea and Stroll Garden. The planting is a mix of Japanese and North American plants.

Head Gardener's Comment

The Nitobe Memorial Garden is considered to be one of the best traditional Japanese gardens in North America and among the top five outside Japan. Nestled in two acres of native BC forest, this Shinto-style stroll garden includes a ceremonial tea house.

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This tranquil oasis is a memorial garden created to enshrine the spirit of Japanese scholar, educator and diplomat, Dr. Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933). Set in BC and designed by Kannosuke Mori from Chiba University, Japan, the Garden realizes Dr. Nitobe's dream of "becoming a bridge across the Pacific" to foster inter-cultural understanding.

Plants of note

Come in spring for the cherry blossoms, summer for the irises or autumn for the maples. The subtleties of Nitobe Memorial Garden can be enjoyed throughout the year: a reflecting pond with Koi, streams and waterfalls, magnificent stone laterns and a tea house, each unique and meaningful in its own way.

Of special interest is the Annual Cherry Blossom viewing held each April. The Garden comes alive under a canopy of blossoms highlighted by dozens of candle laterns hung from the trees and decorating the walkway. Special tea ceremonies, bento box lunches are available.

University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus, 1895 Lower Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Open daily from mid March through October, 9:00am-5:00pm.

Adult: $6.00 Youth (13-17): $2.00 Children under 12: free UBC student: $free Non UBC Student: $3.00 Family rate: $9.00 (max 2 adults with max 3 children)

Visit the Nitobe Memorial Garden website

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