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Nitobe Memorial Garden

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University Land Endowments
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Address: 1895 Lower Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada
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09:30 - 17:00
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Loved the little Japanese house and structures

I visited this place a few times as the seasons changed. It was of course lovely when the cherry blossoms were in bloom, but I enjoyed it year round. There is diversity in this... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this place a few times as the seasons changed. It was of course lovely when the cherry blossoms were in bloom, but I enjoyed it year round. There is diversity in this garden - and a lot of little spaces. There is a little Japanese house that you can view into, which particularly interested me, with seating benches... More 

Thank SunnyWithSeagulls
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

A gentle walk, peaceful, serene and close to UBC and the museum of anthropology so you can do a few things in one afternoon. Nice in summer and chilly in winter.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

It's a peaceful and relaxing place, but it is really little and apart from few japanese sculptures and small bridges it seemed to me a normal garden.

Thank TheNike
Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This garden is located on the UBC campus and is a wonderful place to spend some time in reflection. It is beautiful in the sunshine, but maybe even better in the gray, drizzly days. A great respite from the troubles of the day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

An incredibly beauitful place. Restful and quiet. Enjoy how traditional Japanese gardening methods are used with some BC native plants. Go when a Japanese tea is being served.

Thank damiand10
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Visited this small, equisite garden on a quiet afternoon close to closing time...in the rain...not many visitors, and it was absolutely the most beautiful, serene, uplifting zen garden. It is apparently in the top 5 Japanese gardens outside Japan and rightly so. It is a spiritual place. There is a paper guide on the zen qualities of the garden and... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is a small garden for reflecting. The trees had their autumnal colors displayed making up for the lack of spring flowers.The water features add to the peacefulness.

Thank Susan L
Agassiz, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

What a serene, ZEN, peaceful garden. It is so quiet, this place calms you down right away as soon as you enter. Very well maintained and clean. You feel like you are in Japan. What a sanctuary, getaway place that is so close to the city.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Had the benefit of beautiful weather, so sunshine but also lots of shade in the garden. Lots of areas just to sit/stand and admire the water and subtle planting. No great vistas just peaceful glimpses. You could probably whizz round in half an hour, but this is about strolling, sitting, enjoying the water and plants.

Thank cambridge37
minneapolis, mn
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The Nitobe Garden admission can be included with the Botanical Garden ticket although the two are not adjacent...It is small, as Japanese Gardens go. It is a peaceful and well maintained oasis and very close to the Anthropological Museum--park there....

Thank nonamesforme

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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.
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