Soak up the warm summer evenings this season at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden! Our Zensai [Appetizer] in the Garden Package once again features the talented chefs at Mocha Cabana who have created a delicious charcuterie box featuring locally sourced products for you to enjoy while overlooking Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. 

Each package is $60 and includes a charcuterie-style box, one drink per person (water, coffee, tea, or an alcoholic beverage of your choice for those 18+) and admission to Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. Additional drinks can be purchased during your visit, choose from a selection of Japanese beer and sake!

Guests must purchase their Zensai by 4PM the previous day and enjoy it between 4PM and 7PM inside Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden - Zensai must be purchased for a specific time to maintain capacity limits inside the garden. In the event of poor weather you may still pick your food up from the garden and take it elsewhere, guests will still receive courtesy passes to visit the garden on another day. 

Our Zensai Packages are now over for the season, stay tuned for our available dates in spring of 2022!

Zensai Menu

All menu items will be prepared as described, no substitutions are available at this time. 


  • Summer Sausage, Black Forest Ham, Pepperoni Sticks - Broek Pork Acres (Coalhurst, Alberta)
  • Beef Jerky: Honey Garlic, Sweet & Spicy, Teriyaki - Benchmark Angus (Picture Butte, Alberta)


Fruit & Vegetables

  • Grape Tomatoes - Mans Organics (Coaldale, Alberta)
  • Pico de Gallo - Made with beef steak tomatoes from Broxburn Vegetables (Lethbridge, Alberta)
  • Dried Persimmons 

Crackers & bread


  • Vegetable gyoza - Deep fried and served with a sweet chili dip



  • Matcha Maple Cookies - Shortbread cookies baked with Nikka Yuko matcha powder, topped with a maple glaze and dried cranberry made by Lakeview Bakery (Lethbridge, Alberta)
  • Mini Oreos - Mocha Cabana (Lethbridge, Alberta)


Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
At this time we only offer the menu as described and cannot accommodate other dietary needs. Please see our Yagai Picnics for gluten free and vegetarian options. 

How many people does each picnic basket feed?
Each Zensai basket is designed to feed two people. 

Are there designated picnic areas in the garden?
Guests are welcome to find a spot throughout the garden such as on the deck, in the azumaya, on a bench, or on one of the cafe tables set out. Please respect the garden by not going off the pathways or climbing trees. Please place all waste back in your container to throw out or take with you. 

Can we bring our own food/drinks?
Outside food and drink is not allowed at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. Coffee, tea, and water as well as a selection of Japanese beer and sake will be available to purchase at the garden. Guests must be 18+ with valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages. 

Is the garden wheelchair accessible?
Yes! The entire garden is wheelchair accessible and our Visitors Centre has two handicapped stalls. Our staff would be happy to assist you in any way possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.

Are there bathrooms inside the garden?
Yes, there are two washrooms located inside the pavilion and two washrooms, equipped with handicapped stalls, inside our Visitors Centre. All guests must remove their footwear prior to entering the pavilion to protect the softwood floors. 

Can I bring my dog to the picnic?
Nikka Yuko only allows certified service animals in the garden at this time. 

What should I bring?
There are many sitting areas throughout the garden, your host or hostess will guide you to available areas. Please dress for the weather and bring bug spray and sunscreen. You may wish to bring a light jacket if the temperature cools off in the evening. 

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