About Shirotori Teien Garden
Shirotori Teien Garden is an authentic Japanese garden located inside of Nagoya City’s Atsuku Prefecture Shirotori Park, famously used as the pavilion for the 1989 World Design Expo.
The garden is a pond strolling garden, i.e. a strolling path garden focused around a pond. It is the largest garden that exists within a public park within the Tokai region. The garden is styled after terrain from the Chubu region, specifically focusing on the Tokai’s 3 prefectures (Aichi, Gifu, and Mie prefectures) and replicating their natural grandeur. On the west side of the park there is a hill fashioned after Mt. Ontake and from there the river that flows into each pond in the park is modeled after the Kiso River. The central pond and surrounding ponds are modeled after Ise Bay.
The main facility’s "Seiu-tei" is a full-scale teahouse done in an authentic Sukiya style where tea parties and other events are held. There is another teahouse at Shioiri-tei where you can enjoy matcha tea while admiring the garden. Additionally within the garden you will most likely hear the sounds of the suikinkutsu (an item placed in the garden to help incorporate the sound of water into the garden). This suikinkutsu is very rare even in Japan because it is capable of making 3 different tones.
Shirotori Teien Garden Guided Tour
On every Saturday a guided tour of the garden is conducted. The guide explains the highlights, history, and seasonal flowers and birds in a way that is easy to understand. Because you will hear more about things in the garden that you might miss if you were just walking by yourself, it’s a great way to learn more about the garden’s wonders and deepen your appreciation of it.
Additionally, there are free English guides for the garden. If you would like an English tour guide, you need to make a reservation by phone with the management office at least 1 month in advance of the date. (Management office: 052-681-8928) The tour time is about 30 minutes to an hour.
From Nagoya Station, take the subway Higashiyama Line to Sakae Station and then transfer onto the Meijo Line, and get off at the subway Meijo Line’s Jingu-Nishi Station. From Exit 4 it is a 10 minute walk.
You can also access it by city bus, in order to do this go to either Meitetsu or JR Kanayama Station. From there, take the Kanayama 25 bus bound for Noseki Station and Minato Yakusho, and finally get off at the Shirotori Bridge stop, then walk 3 minutes to the park.
Description: Shirotori Teien Garden
|Sights||Shirotori Teien Garden (白鳥庭園)|
2-5 Atsuta Nishimachi Atsuta-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken 456-0036
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 052-681-8928 / Fax: 052-681-9288|
|Closed dates||Monday Specific dates NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 300yen|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|