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Nikka-Yuko-Japanese-Garden-Lethbridge-Grounds-Winter 5

Know Before You Go

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden is a 1.6-hectare garden in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The garden provides a peaceful retreat and cultural experience. It showcases traditional Japanese landscaping and architecture, with a Kyoto Pavilion, water features, rocks, and a rock garden. Visitors can stroll, attend tea ceremonies, and learn about the history of Japanese ancestry in Southern Alberta.

General Admission:

Adult: $13.50

Senior: $12.50

Gakusei [Student]: $10.00
(Ages 12-16 or students with ID)

Kodomo [Child]: $10.00
(Ages 6-12)

5 & Under: FREE

Admission Packages:

Tomodachi (Friendship) Package: $26.00
(Includes admissions, drinks, and cookies for two people)

Kodomo (Child) Package: $12.00
(Ages 6 – 12. Includes admission, drink, cookie & children’s colouring booklet.)

Gakusei (Student) Package: $12.00
(Ages 12 – 16 or students with ID. Includes admission, drink, and cookie.)

Kazoku (Family) Package: $60.00
(Includes admissions, drinks, and cookies for five people)

Nakama (Close Friends) Package: $20.00/person
(Includes admissions, drinks, cookies &  45-minute guided tour or an activity of your choice for between 4-10 people) *Only available 48 hours in advance, contact us to book*

Purchase Admission

Sunday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Bunka Centre:

  • Tickets
  • Gift Shop
  • Cleo’s Cafe (featuring Hinode artwork)
  • Robert Hironaka Exhibit
  • Memory Capture Booth
  • Rental Spaces
  • Washrooms



  • Tea Pavilion (with exhibits, dry rock garden & washrooms)
  • Wishing well
  • Azumaya
  • Friendship Bell
  • Prairie Garden
  • Kamakura Dome

  • No pets, only trained service animals – please allow a staff member to assist you before entering the tea pavilion.
  • No drone photography/filming at any time
  • Guests must remove their shoes or wear shoe covers inside the tea pavilion to protect the floors.
  • No outside food or drinks are allowed inside the garden. We ask that no food or beverages besides bottled water be brought into the tea pavilion.
  • Please silence your cell phones and refrain from talking on them while in the garden. Take the time to unplug and relax.
  • No smoking or vaping is allowed inside the garden.

Have an annual pass to Nikka Yuko? Present your yearly pass card to the staff at the main gates for entry between 6-9 pm on any public night. You do not need to reserve your tickets ahead of time.

Purchase Annual Pass

  • The Winter Light Festival closes when the temperatures drop below -20C for the safety and comfort of our guests and staff members. If you have pre-purchased tickets for a date that is cancelled, you will be permitted to use your tickets for an alternate date or choose to receive a refund.
  • Tickets can be moved to another date at no cost by contacting our ticket office. We only offer refunds if the garden is closed due to weather.
  • While our staff do their best to clear snow and ice, these can sometimes accumulate quickly, depending on the weather. Please come dressed for the weather, including shoes or boots, allowing you to walk along the snowy pathways.
  • Please refrain from going off the paved pathways, as there are many electrical cords under the snow, and guests can unknowingly unplug lights or slip on ice that has accumulated under the snow.
  • Our tea pavilion is not open during winter, but you may still view the garden from the deck.
  • Check out the winter exhibit inside the Kawamura Programming Room inside our Bunka Centre.
  • The Kamakura [Igloo] and Basha Nori [Horse & Wagon Rides] are different experiences and aren’t included in general admission.

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Events & Activities Experiences
Kaela Corazza
Kaela Corazza
Beautiful in the winter!
Corey A.
Corey A.
Teena R.
Teena R.
One of Alberta’s hidden gems. Put extra time aside to walk around and around this beautiful experience. The staff is beyond friendly too. A place you’ll want to experience again and again.
Tyler Froese
Tyler Froese
Nice relaxing place to go for a evening stroll during the festival of lights. Even got to go for a horse and carriage ride.
Alicia Randall
Alicia Randall
Fabulous experience, beautiful grounds, and just a pleasure to walk though!
Riley Evans
Riley Evans
My husband and I really enjoyed the Christmas lights. There were so many details and colors! Just a beautiful and fun event. We got hot drinks and cookies in the Cafe and enjoyed the live band.
Arindam C
Arindam C
The hype is way more than reality
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