Please enjoy this audio tour for your visit to Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.

Introduction

History of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Part 1

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden was born from the ideas and contributions of a group of Lethbridge citizens in the early 1960s. (Listen to these four short history clips before you begin your walk around Nikka Yuko)

History of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Part 2

After Lethbridge City Council approved the project for Nikka Yuko, the Japanese Garden Society was formed to oversee the development of the garden. (Listen to these four short history clips before you begin your walk around Nikka Yuko)

History of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Part 3

All your senses will be piqued as you walk through the picturesque garden. (Listen to these four short history clips before you begin your walk around Nikka Yuko)

History of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Part 4

A host at the front gates of the garden is ready to greet you. (Listen to these four short history clips before you begin your walk around Nikka Yuko)

The Gate

Step through the front gate and begin to experience the delicate balance of which each tree, shrub, and stone is thoughtfully placed.

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Design Part 1

Nikka Yuko is a Canadian garden done in a Japanese style, using plants and building materials suitable for our Southern Alberta Climate. (Listen to these three short design clips as you make your way up the pathway to the right of the gate)

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Design Part 2

Humans desire nature in their lives, breathe it in as you continue through the garden.  (Listen to these three short design clips as you make your way up the pathway to the right of the gate)

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Design Part 3

Nikka Yuko reflects the community and culture that surrounds it. (Listen to these three short design clips as you make your way up the pathway to the right of the gate)

The Azumaya

Nikka Yuko reflects the community and culture that surrounds it. (Listen to these two short clips as you take in the view from the Azumaya and surrounding stream and bridges. Please do not walk on the flat stones.)

The Azumaya Part 2

The flat stones along the streams make up the Ariso beach and were handpicked from the river bottom and carefully hand placed. (Listen to these two short clips as you take in the view from the Azumaya and surrounding stream and bridges. Please do not walk on the flat stones.)

The Pagoda

Take in the view of the large stone pagoda, otherwise hidden from the other angles in the garden. Learn more about the importance of the stones carefully placed throughout the garden.

The Trees & Pruning Techniques of Nikka Yuko Part 1

The trees inside and outside the garden create the illusion of a forest and the types of trees selected add beauty to the garden in every season. (Listen to these four short clips as you stroll along the pathways towards the Friendship Bell. Be sure to stop and turn around to take in the view of the trees from every angle.)

The Trees & Pruning Techniques of Nikka Yuko Part 2

The Japanese pruning techniques used in Nikka Yuko bring out their beauty and place emphasis on certain areas.  (Listen to these four short clips as you stroll along the pathways towards the Friendship Bell. Be sure to stop and turn around to take in the view of the trees from every angle.)

The Trees & Pruning Techniques of Nikka Yuko Part 3

Pruning the trees is a living artform as the gardeners use positive and negative spaces to create a beautiful composition, similar to an artist creating a painting.  (Listen to these four short clips as you stroll along the pathways towards the Friendship Bell. Be sure to stop and turn around to take in the view of the trees from every angle.)

The Trees & Pruning Techniques of Nikka Yuko Part 4

The trees outside of the garden create the illusion of a forest and block out the noise of traffic and the outside world. (Listen to these four short clips as you stroll along the pathways towards the Friendship Bell. Be sure to stop and turn around to take in the view of the trees from every angle.)

Nikka Yuko Friendship Bell

Ringing the bell at Nikka Yuko is a must-do when visiting the garden! Learn more about this symbol of the friendship between Japan and Canada. Be sure to give it a ring before you move on!

Strolling the Pathways at Nikka Yuko

Pay close attention to the rocks set into the ground throughout the garden, set into the ground to appear as though they’ve been there for a long time. 

Hide and Reveal

Notice how views are hidden and revealed one at a time as you walk through the garden. Something you may see from one angle, may be hidden in another. 

The Tempo of the Garden

Listen to the sounds and changing tempos of the water as you walk through the garden. Notice how in certain areas it is strong and in others, quiet and relaxing.  

The Prairie Garden Part 1

Use the stepping stones in this open area to make your way to the water’s edge, or explore the grassy space and take a moment to relax. 

The Prairie Garden Part 2

View the pond from the large rock along the shore or from the benches throughout this open area.

The Well

Observe how the gardeners have pruned this area to open it up to reveal our well. Feel free to throw a coin and make a wish before you move on!

The Tea Pavilion Part 1

This large focal point of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden was built first in Kyoto, Japan before being shipped to the garden and rebuilt. 

The Tea Pavilion Part 2

The wood inside the Pavilion is washed only with water and otherwise left to age, similarly to the other wood structures you see throughout the garden.

The Dry Rock Garden

View the dry rock garden from the small deck and quietly meditate as you observe the patterns in the sand and rocks. 

The Tea Ceremony Room

View the traditional tea ceremony room where a host would serve his or her guests tea through a long, intricate presentation.

The Waterfall

Take a moment to observe the waterfall and notice how the garden is designed to only allow you to view one focal point at a time. 

Arigatou Gozaimasu (Thank You!)