Early May through early October: 9am - 5pm daily.
Mid-June through early September: Also open until 9pm daily.
Adults, $5; Senior (55+), $4; Youth (6-17), $3; Children, under 6, $free; Family Season Pass, $20; Single Season Pass, $12; Scheduled Group Tour (>10), $3/person with escort and driver free (must be booked 48 hours in advance)
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Garden website http://www.japanesegarden.ab.ca/
Van Luven, Lynne. Nikka Yuko Centennial Garden - A History. 1980.
In 1942 British Columbiaís Japanese Canadians were forced to evacuate to Southern Alberta, and many remained there after the war. In the early 1960s the idea for the Nikka Yuko Japanese garden was conceived by Reverend Yutetsu Kawamura, a Buddhist minister familiar with Japanese gardens, and Cleo Mowers, the editor and publisher of the Lethbridge Herald. Others in the community provided enthusiastic support, and building the garden became part of the 1967 Canadian Centennial project. The garden would honor the cultural contributions of Japanese-Canadians and provide an avenue for cultural exchange and understanding. A million people from around the world have visited the garden to date.
The four-acre site is laid out as a stroll garden and includes a dry rock garden (karesansui), a waterfall, streams and bridges, ponds and islands and a flat prairie garden. The garden incorporates plants native to North America and takes advantage of borrowed views (shakkei) of nearby Henderson Lake.
The garden centers around a large sukiya-style pavilion stretching out over the pondís edge and built in the traditional manner by Japanese carpenters using Taiwanese cypress. The pavilion, bridges, gates and other buildings were all crafted in Japan by artisans then reassembled at the site, imparting a strong flavor of authenticity and quality to the garden.
The garden was designed by the late Dr. Kubo Tadashi and his assistant Sugimoto Masami. Dr. Kubo designed more than two dozen gardens in Japan, Canada, Singapore and the United States and served as Professor of Urban Landscape Design at Osaka University. He received his PhD in Forestry from Hokkaido University in 1960, authored many books and articles on urban landscape design and environmental planning and design, and received many awards.
See also: Journal of Japanese Gardening, no 12, Nov/Dec 1999, pp 36-37.
Located within Henderson (Lake) Park just East off the Start of Highway 4
With the south wind a gentle goddess came.
She soaked the bronze, she soaked the fountain,
She soaked the swallow's belly and its feathers of gold.
She hugged the tide, lapped the sand, drank the fish.
Secretly she soaked the temple, the bath-house, the theatre,
The confusion of her platinum lyre --
the tongue of the goddess -- secretly.
Soaked my tongue.
Nishiwaki Junzaburô trans. by Bownas and Thwaite 20th century