Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden
Throwback Thursday

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Admission Rates
Adults - $9.00
Seniors (60+) - $6.00
Youth (6 to 17 years) - $4.00 Children (5 and under) - FreeĀ 
News & Updates

Nobuki Takamen Concert
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Canada 150th Grant-Community Foundations of Lethbridge and SW Alberta
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden recognized for Garden experience by CNLA ACPP and Canadian Garden Council
Monday, March 13, 2017

Season Passes For 2017 Update
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Provincial Grant Received for Winter Light Festival
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Nikka Yuko Wins For Community Organization at Whoop Up Day Parade.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Community Foundation-Winter Lights Grant
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Dinner & a Stroll
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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Nobuki Takamen Concert


Thank you to all those who supported our first ever collaboration concert with The Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival. Nobuki Takamen performance left many of our guests wanting more. 


Nobuki CD's are being sold in our visitor centre. Please drop by and pick one up. Nobuki will be playing in Medicine Hat for their Jazz Festival happening next week.

Nobuki was born and raised in Hiroshima. Now a mainstay in New York, we were amazed by how one man and a guitar can sound. With such detail and harmony the Garden beauty was touched by the sounds he created for his two hour performance.

Thank you to the volunteers and the Coulee Brewing for their beer tasting. Thank you to Rogers Sugar and the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Society for all their support in organising this!

 We will look forward to more concerts in the Garden at a later date. 


Photo credits to Morton Molyneux 

Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 8:13:04 PM
Canada 150th Grant-Community Foundations of Lethbridge and SW Alberta



We are happy to announce that the Lethbridge & District Japanese Garden Society received a grant for $10,000.00 This monies will go towards supporting and documenting our special Canada 150 Celebration and Nikka Yuko 50th Anniversary. The two day event will be on July 14th and 15th. 

Charles McCleary our President was present to receive this wonderful plaque. Tad Mitsui and Rick Williams attended the event as board members. 



Both days will be have a special Asian Market Place located in the Horseshoe pit area just West of the Visitor Centre.

During the two days, Dr. Darren Aoki and his team will be conducting oral history research about the past in Southern Alberta. Keep an eye on our website for more details to come. 


Itinerary for July 14th is as follows 

9:00 am live feed of the dignitaries taking private tour of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. (Garden Closed)

10:00 am Ceremony Start. -Drumming from University Global Drumming and Lethbridge Community Taiko. 

Oh Canada/Japanese Anthem and Native Blessing

Recognition of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Municipal Historical Designation

11:00 am Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta Bon Odori Dance to "A Wonderful Canada"

Music by Kirara Kato-Masters of whistling performance.  

Lunch and demonstrations. (Garden Opened until 1:45 pm)

2:00 pm Recognition of University of Lethbridge 50th Anniversary, Lion's International 100th Anniversary, Lethbridge Sports recognition and much more. 

Garden opened from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM 

Banquet 6 pm   -Tickets can be purchased at Nikka Yuko. Includes Concert $150.00/person

Amanda Marshall Concert -Concert only Tickets can be purchased through the ENMAX Centre-$50.00 +fees


July 15th

8 to 10 am Lethbridge Bull's Pancake Breakfast

10 am to 3 pm Asian Sport and Craft Demonstrations

6 pm to 9 pm Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta Bon Odori Celebration





Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 1:47:36 PM
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden recognized for Garden experience by CNLA ACPP and Canadian Garden Council

Nikka Yuko Executive Director attended the 2017 North American Garden Tourism Conference. Gardens from all over the world show cased their on going changing and diverse gardens and programs. Nikka Yuko meet with garden experts and participated in a two day workshop learning how to build on the the Garden role in our communities as garden tourism continues to grow. 

Nikka Yuko was recognised for being one of the Garden experiences to see in 2015 for Canada 150th celebration.  This national recognition was an honour to receive other respecting gardens from all across our country. 

Thank you to all those who supported Nikka Yuko nomination! 

Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:22:22 PM
Season Passes For 2017 Update

Season Passes for the 2017 Season will be available for our 2016 Winter Light Festival starting on December 2, 2016.

                                Prices and Benefits

Season Passes:

Single - $25.00


Couples-$30.00  *****NEW FOR 2017********


Family (Four Family Members) - $40.00


Additional Family Member $10.00/person


 Benefits include

Unlimited entry to the Garden (during regular operating hours)

Entry to our Moonlight Viewings

10% of our Visitor Centre Gift Shop

50% Admission to the Galt Museum, Fort Whoop Up and SAAG

Voting Membership at Annual General Meeting 



All admission rates and season passes include GST. The Garden accepts Visa, MasterCard, Debit, certified cheques or cash. 


Posted on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 at 8:21:52 PM
Provincial Grant Received for Winter Light Festival

The Lethbridge and District Japanese Garden Society is very excited to announce that the Winter Light Festival will be going ahead this winter. Thanks to a Community Initiative Program (CIP) Grant by the Provincial Government and Corporate sponsors, the Winter Light Festival will run from December 2016 to February 2,2017 on certain nights. 

At our Sake event on October 8th the Honourable Minister of Environment and Parks Shannon Phillips brought greetings and the announcement of the CIP grant approval. MLA Maria Fitzpatrick followed with congratulations on this Winter Project. The L&DJGS unveiled the Winter Light Festival Logo after presentations. 

Other sponsors who are supporting the Winter Light Festival are as follows

RBC Platinum Sponsor (Elizabeth Price-RBC Representative in photo)

Lethbridge Lodging Sponsors

Other supporting sponsors

Canadian Badlands

Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta

Enmax Centre

Ron and Joyce Sakamoto

Prime Rentals

Subaru Lethbridge 


Other in photo are L&DJG Board Members

Charles McCleary-President

Debra Basil, John Harding, Rick Williams, Michelle Day (Executive Director) 


If you would like to support the Winter Light Festival, please contact

Michelle Day Executive Director. (403)328-3511 




Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 2:00:54 PM
Nikka Yuko Wins For Community Organization at Whoop Up Day Parade.

The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden won first place for the Community Organisation category at the 2016 Whoop Up Day Parade. This year's float included a giant paper machete Dharma Doll & mikoshi, a host donning kendo equipment and some of our usual favourites such as fish kites, Japanese lantern and cedar and pine branches.

The weather was uncooperative but this didn't stop everyone participating and attending from smiling and having fun. We hope you have a happy and safe Whoop Up Days!    



Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 1:47:17 PM
Community Foundation-Winter Lights Grant


The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta has provided The Lethbridge and District Japanese Garden Society with a $5,000.00 Grant. This will go towards the capital purchase of winter lights.  

The Winter Light Festival will provide an opportunity for Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden to be open in the winter months. This will give us the opportunity to continue our abilities to provide education on Japanese winter festivals and customs. Being a Japanese Canadian Garden, it will allow us to enjoy our Canadian winter fun and traditions as well. 

We continue to fund raise for this new winter program here at Nikka Yuko and will keep everyone updated with our progress. 

Thank you to the Community Foundation for their support in our vision.  

Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2016 at 12:27:16 PM
Dinner & a Stroll


Treat your special someone to a unique experience. Start your night off with dinner at the Lighthouse Japanese Restaurant and then visit the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden for a Moonlight Viewing. Each Moonlight Viewing will feature a cultural event such as a Taiko Drumming Performance, Storytelling and more!


To purchase tickets, please visit the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden or Lighthouse Japanese Restaurant. 


Dates: May 21, July 19 & 22, August 10 & 20, October 7


Cost: $40.00



$30 voucher to the Lighthouse Japanese Restaurant (6pm-8pm)
Two tickets to the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Moonlight Viewing  (7pm-10pm) *Hours may vary*


Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 10:26:29 AM
Winter Lights Festival & 50th Anniversary Celebration


On February 8, 2016 Lethbridge City Council voted in favor of working with the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden to secure grant funding for the Nikka Yuko Winter Lights Festival in late 2016. City Council also voted in favor of supporting the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden with the 50th Anniversary Celebration.  The City will assist the Nikka Yuko team with protocol and invitations to dignitaries for the 2017 celebration.


In an interview with the Lethbridge Herald, John Harding, chair of the 50th Anniversary Committee for the Lethbridge and District Japanese Garden Society, discussed the reasoning behind asking the city for support.


“Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden is city owned. All of the programming is run by the Lethbridge and District Japanese Garden Society. So for a lot of the planning and the programming, we can do that on our own, but when it comes to everything from writing major grant applications to the protocol of issuing invitation, we really need the city’s support for that, because such invitations should be jointly issued by the Society and the City” said John Harding. 


In an interview with city reporters Mayor Chris Spearman explained some of the reasons why the City Council voted in favor of supporting Nikka Yuko’s new events and celebrations. “Nikka Yuko is such a unique part of Lethbridge and something we are very proud of,” said Mayor Chris Spearman. “By expanding the events held there and hosting a celebration for the 50th anniversary, we’ll continue to build awareness in our community and with tourists for this amazing attraction.”


Mayor Chris Spearman also commented on the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden’s Winter Lights Festival. “The City is very supportive of this new venture for Nikka Yuko and we look forward to having a way to enjoy the Japanese Garden not just in the summer but now through the winter months as well.” 

Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 11:05:08 AM
Nikka Yuko Designated Municipal Historic Resource


On July 7, 2015 the City of Lethbridge designated the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden as a Municipal Historic Resource. The garden received this designation due to its historical significance and value, in addition to keeping its original form and features.


As a Municipal Historical Resource, the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden is now legally protected by the City of Lethbridge from any inappropriate changes and alterations.  With this designation the Garden can access provincial grants to assist with the cost of conservation, preservation and restoration projects. 

Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 9:48:32 AM
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