Nagoya: Shirotori Garden, Perfect Place to Unwind
Several blocks near the Atsuta Shrine, we went to our next destination – the Shirotori Garden. We entered through the North Gate and from here we started our stroll. Like a typical Japanese garden, you can see several paths running along the banks of streams and ponds.
The color of the garden changes depending on the season. And because it is summer, the dominant color is green, coming from the green leaves of the plants and trees. We went straight to one of the paths until we reached a mini-falls. We learned that this mound represents Mount Ontake and the stream originating from the mound represents the Kiso River. There is a cottage beside it where visitors can spend their time to rest and to take their meals.
The site is 3.7 hectares wide and at its middle is the Seiu-tei, a complex where the tea ceremony is being held.
The Seiu-tei was designed after the image of the swan or shirotori, and it is where the garden was named. At its sides you can see the large kois swimming gracefully.
Most of the mounds or hills at the site as well as the streams are artificially made. A store was also constructed to those who want to relax. Even with the summer sun directly overhead, the ambiance still brings relaxation. We also saw some women in traditional dress that brings additional life and color to the garden.
Despite walking for several hours, we didn’t feel any exhaustion. This place is a stress reliever; and it is good that in the middle of a busy city there are many parks like this.
If we could be given another chance we will try to visit the garden in a different season to witness its different colors and beauty.
- Adult: ¥300
- Seniors, Nagoya Citizen: ¥100
- Children under 14: Free
- Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Jingunishi Station on the Subway Meijo Line is a 15 minute walk from the park.