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“Swan Lake Anyone?”
Review of Shirotori Garden

Shirotori Garden
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Reviewed 17 April 2015

After touring the Nagoya Castle site, which is fairly large with a park that has some interesting historic ruins, head back to Shiyakusho station and take the purple subway line (Meijo Line) all the way down to Jingu Nishi station. It’s about an 8-10 minute walk to the park from here. Now beware, like most Japanese gardens, this one too is fairly large (about 3.5 hecatares). You entire walk through this park will always have water at your side, since it has been designed (with the help of modern technology) to create and ebb and flow effect. There is a tea-house smack in the middle of the park which has been built in a traditional tea ceremony cottage architectural style (Sukiya). The form is meant to represent a swan making its way down to the water. Personally, I didn’t see it (and I’m an architect!) – but nonetheless, it is a very serene tea house overlooking the water. You’ll walk on some nice bridges, and see some artificial falls, and of course tons of koi fish squirm around in the water.

Date of experience: May 2014
Thank Kunal C
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Reviewed 13 April 2015

Beautiful and Japanese styled, complete with tea house and waterfalls... Gorgeous!
It's a great place to come to your senses when the weather's good. The main theme is 'Water', and it's filled with numerous waterfalls, streams and ponds to prove it. The main pond is inhabited by lots of koi which you can feed for ¥50.
In the building next to the pond, in the center of the park, you can get a Japanese style lunch for a very reasonable price.

I couldn't go into the teahouse since there was a wedding going on, but I didn't mind because I got to see the bride, who, in her amazing kimono, just completed the scene.

The place is filled with many birds and insects, and the landscaping is very well done. It's also very well maintained.
Well worth the ¥300 entry fee!

Date of experience: April 2015
2  Thank CidaqNL
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Reviewed 17 November 2014

They decorate it with Christmas decoration as Xmas is coming, i didn't go into the museum as I running out of time. But the garden outside of it was beautiful and clean, It makes me feel so relax to just sit down and enjoy the weather.

Date of experience: November 2014
3  Thank Shisuca
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Reviewed 26 October 2014

A traditional Japanese style garden. Entrance fee ¥300. A compact garden with tea ceremony rooms over looking the lake. The garden is designed with lakes and streams, waterfalls and a small mount representing Mt.Ontake.
At week end the tea ceremony house may not be opened to the public when tea ceremony is in progress, many local women in their beautiful kimonos can be seen at such occasions.

Date of experience: October 2014
2  Thank Treker
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

These gardens are a welcome and relaxing break from the city with plenty of seating. Take a stroll around the many lakes and enjoy the peace and tranquility. There is a small entrance fee but it is worth paying. Take a snack and drink with you, so you can spend a few hours contemplating the rest of your visit to Nagoya. There is at least one tearoom but there is a fee to use it and I think it needs to be booked. On our visit we didn't see the tearoom being used.

Access is about a 20 minute walk from Jingumae JR station or Jingunishi subway station.

Date of experience: June 2013
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