Experience the Friendship at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden

Posted on : Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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No visit to Lethbridge is complete without experiencing Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, one of the can't-miss tourist attractions in the city.

“Nikka Yuko” means “Japan-Canada Friendship” and the staff at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden invite you to experience the friendship at the garden. Enjoy a variety of cultural experiences that will stimulate all the senses.

Take part in a daily garden tour, which departs every hour beginning at 11 a.m. until an hour before closing (excluding noon) or book a private tour for an in-depth look at the garden and our history.

The Horticultural Experience is guided by expert gardeners and explores how a Canadian garden was created using Japanese style, design, aesthetic, and philosophical ideas and how they helped shape Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.

The Japanese-Canadian Experience is led by a local historical expert and provides a detailed understanding of why the Garden became a tribute to those with Japanese ancestry in southern Alberta. Hear about the interment camps, pre-war Japanese settlements, and how the formation of this Japanese garden was influenced by many over the years.

Smell the yellow cypress (Hinoki) as you enter the garden, feel the breeze on the Pavilion deck as you relax to the sounds of a waterfall.

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Experience Nodate, an open-air tea service, or partake in a tea ceremony and savour Japanese matcha green tea. Let the staff dress you in a Yukata, a traditional Japanese daily wear, and snap the perfect photo with the perfect backdrop.

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For the ultimate in relaxation and meditation, book a Sunset Sake experience to try a variety of sake paired with culinary samples from Japan, a reflexology session to unwind in the garden, or join a yoga class in a picturesque setting.  

While you’re in the garden, be sure the try the variety of arts and crafts that come from Japan, or are influenced by Japan, such as origami, calligraphy, fan decorating, lantern decorating, kite decorating, doll making and more.

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Let your energies soar to the beat of a Taiko drum and then relax while watching the colourful Minyo dancers performing in the garden. Ring the friendship bell and listen as the sound travels across scenic Henderson Lake. 

Nikka Yuko hosts unique events throughout the year such as performances for the Lethbridge Jazz Festival, Golden Week, Toro Nagashi, Summer Festival, and our popular Winter Light Festival. Be sure to visit on Canada Day for Japan-Canadian programming all day and, of course, make sure to watch the fireworks from the best spot in the garden.

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden offers several packages for couples, families, and larger groups. To find out more about our daily programming or to purchase admission or packages please visit www.NikkaYuko.com or call the Visitor Centre at 403.328.3511.