Cavinti: Japanese Garden
Constructed in 1973 through the cooperation of the Governments of the Philippines and Japan. Located near Caliraya Lake between Lumban and Cavinti, the garden was developed to honor the soldiers who died during the Second World War.
You will be greeted upon entrance with a large torii, reminding you that you are about to enter a quiet, hallowed ground.
The sun is high when we went here, but the large trees helped in bringing a breath of fresh air to its surroundings. You can even sleep under the shade. There are tables available for those who want to have a picnic.
There is a small pond at one side, surrounded by stones arranged to look like a typical Zen garden (a typical type of garden in Japan).
At the elevated part of the garden is a shrine and an altar is standing at the middle. It is said to be the location where the infamous General Yamashita is interred. There are no much markers so any information that we can extract from it is limited (aside from some Kanji inscriptions).
- PhP20 – Adult
- PhP10 – Children
- PhP1,500 – Prenup / Photoshoot
From the Cubao Bus Terminal, take a bus ( HM Transport, JAC Liner) that going to Pagsawitan (Pagsanjan). This ride will take you about two to two-and-a-half hours. Then, at Pagsawitan terminal, take a 3-5 minute ride to a tricycle or a jeepney with a signboard “Lumot”. From Lumot terminal, take a ride to a jeepney that going to Lewin for about half an hour.
Eastern route: In this route, you must take the Ortigas Avenue through the towns of Rizal and onward to the eastern towns of Laguna through the Laguna de Bay road network.
Southern route: In this particular route, the South Expressway is the main artery, with exits at San Pedro, Biñan, Sta Rosa, Cabuyao and Calamba in Laguna.