Shirotori Teien close to Atsuta Shrine was designed in 1989 for World Design Expo held in Nagoya. This stroll landscape garden has a imcoming tide pond just like that of Hamarikyu Garden in Tokyo. I was most impressed by the reconstruction of ravine and waterfall home to various kinds of dragonflies. This garden also has wide variety of flowers that are designed to please visitors regardless of the seasons.
Meijo Park in narrower definition is the park located north of second moat of Nagoya Castle. It is a nice park for the families with small children because there are two kiddie parks, at the north section of the park and the south part of the park facing the water moat. Partcularly lawn area with mound full of flowers, a windmill and narrow streams where small children enjoy chasing the dragonflies is very popular. Okukeike Pond is a popular place to take a nice photo of Nagoya Castle. The park also attracts a lot of joggers even during mid-summer when I visited there. The park also has a swimming pool and some shower rooms.
Ninomaru Garden is one of the most well-known Japanese gardens featuring excellent stone formations. It is designated as National Historic Site the part originally built in early 17th century but later it was remodified to dry landscape garden just as it is now. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868 the garden suffered the some destruction and part of the garden was created during Meiji Period. After the war the garden was renovated and was made it to the National Historical Site. The garden has some brilliant stone bridge works. If you like Kyoto garden with stone formation you will like this garden for sure. But despite being the historical site, the garden is poorly guided and few written materials even in Japanese about this particular garden. I will do some research on this garden in the library to give you full explanation of what I have seen.
Tsuruma(Tsurumai) Park best known as one of the most popular cherriy viewing sites in Nagoya is the oldest public park in Nagoya, created in 1909 for the local expo held in 1910. Water Foundtain and Gazebo are the things(both are renovated recently) which has been standing since the opening of the park. This park also has a Japanese garden, kiddie park, rose garden, tea house(open only for tea house users) and a track field used for sporting events. It is the place where you can jog or stroll around or play with your children.
To find out more of the park please visit my travelogue on Tsuruma Park coming soon.
Note: The park name is officially TSURUMA PARK, not TSURUMAI PARK. Today, however, even Nagoya residents refer to as Tsurumai Park.
The garden was said to have been remodified during early 19th century with north and south ponds and a number of tea houses. During Meiji Period, however, most of the garden area was destroyed. Present garden was reconstructed based on drawings and excavation results and reopened in 1978. Both north and south ponds no longer hold water but great stone formations were reconstructed and during winter its camelia garden attracts some visitors.
Huge success of Shiratori Garden in 1989 led to a number of Japanese garden reconstructions throughout Japan. Tokugawaen Garden built in 2004 is one of such notable examples slightly based on the gardens of Owari Tokugawa family residence either in Nagoya or Tokyo. The garden features two great waterfalls, Ozone No Taki and Ryumon No Taki. It also has reduced version of Baidi (Bai Causeway) at the Xi Hu(West Lake) of Hangzhou, China. Baidi is one of the popular motifs in Japanese gardens. I like the landscape of the bridge over the ravine, and a traditional styled boatshed. Compound ticket for Tokugawa Art Museum and Hosa Bunko Library is also available(1,500 yen).
This park is really a nice pleasant walk with nice places to sit and enjoy the plants and landscaping of the garden.
And it's really pretty during Koyo (When the leaves turn red in autumn).
It's a nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the urban life.
Entrance fee for adults is 300yen
English Address 〒456-0036, Aichi ken, Nagoya Shi, Atsuta ku, Atsuta nishi machi 2-5
Japanese address 〒456-0036愛知県名古屋市熱田区熱田西町2-5
Go to Tsuruma Park to get away from all the urban sprawl. It`s great to go during cherry blossom season (in the Spring). There are many beautiful flowers, ponds, a soccer field, playgrounds, and trees.
If you like zoo and botanical garden, this place has plenty to offer. The place is huge so you must prepare yourself to do some exercise by walking. However, you may not notice the distance and the length of time you spend on this place because of plenty of attractions along the way. Be sure to have a camera ready all the time because good animal expressions may come at any moment where you least expect it to happen.
Hanami (cherry blossoms viewing) at the Higashiyama-koen park.
Higashima-koen is a zoo and botanical garden with hundreds of cherry trees. On the peak of the cherry blossom season everybody from Nagoya and vicinities come here to enjoy the views, but the area of the park is so big that it doesn't feel crowded.
Shiratori teien is one of the biggest Japanese garden in Nagoya.
There are little waterfalls,ponds,tea houses.
It is very quiet place.
Admission fee is very affordable.(200 yen)
Here you will see stalls after stalls selling local snacks and traditional games/ toys. Definitely an interesting walk...
Spring time in Japan is the time to go to the park and enjoy the refreshing hue of cherry blossom flowers