Shirotori Garden is a Japanese garden with an area of about 3.7 hectares and is the largest in the city, located in Atsuta-ku, Nagoya City. On the other side of the Horikawa River, which flows to the east of the garden, is the legendary “Shirotori tomb” with YAMATO Takeru no Mikoto (a hero in ancient Japan) flying as a swan, and the Shirotori Garden is named after that legend. Further to the east, Atsuta-jingu, which is popular among citizens by the name of “Atsuta-san” and attracts reverence, is a historic area in Nagoya city.
Nagoya City held the World Design Fair in 1989 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the municipal administration, and it was chosen as a venue along with Nagoya Castle and Nagoya Port as “Shirotori Park”. After a part was shown at the World Design Fair, it was redeveloped over two years and fully opened as a Japanese garden in April 1991.
The motif of the garden is the topography of Chubu district. The theme is “The water in Nagoya being taken from the Kiso River, how it is carried from the source, and the life is connected by its grace.” Shirotori Garden’s design is, “Mt. Ontake is named Tsukiyama (a small mountain in a garden), and the water coming out of it becomes a waterfall, flows as Kiso-sansen (Kiso Three Rivers), and finally it reaches Ise Bay”, it represents the transition of the landscape of water.
Shirotori Garden, whose theme is the story of water flowing from the source of the mountain to the river and the sea, is called “Shirotori Hakkei” at each point.
“View of the Waterfall” where Mt. Ontake’s underflowing water flows from the source. “The view of a mountain stream / a valley” that the headwater reaches a deep valley and becomes a Kiso River. A “waterscape view” where the Kiso River joins the Ibi and Nagara Rivers. A “ocean view” with a large water surface that looks like the sea. It follows the “tidal scenery” which shows the tides at intervals of 30 minutes. After that, “View of Ferry” that represents the post town near Shirotori Garden as the only sea route in Tokaido. In the vicinity of Tsukiyama, which is an image of Mt. Ontake, there are “View of Village” where you can see Bairin etc., and a tea room “VIew of Seiu-tei”.
When going around this garden, it is recommended to follow the flow of water from this mountain landscape.
Shirotori Teien Garden is the largest Japanese garden in Chuubu District.
The artificial hill is used to resemble Mt. Ontake, the water stream from there as the Kiso river, the water flow down into the pond as Isewan, the geographical feature of Chubu District is expressed and it is chisen-kaiyushiki garden (a type of Japanese garden with a pond in the centre) of the theme of “a story of the water”.
You can enjoy seasonal scenery like flowers and colored leaves, branch-supporting snow-ropes while feeling an atmosphere of deep mountains and dark valleys through a year.
The maintenance of the Shirotori Teien was begun in 1983 as part of “making planning for a cultural city” in the Shirotori timber yard ruins of the Owari Tokugawas. In 1992, it was opened at the place, which maintained the site of “the world design exhibition” held in commemoration of Nagoya municipal organization 100 years, as the Japanese garden which is proud of plottage 3.7ha and the greatest scale in the city of Nagoya.
The tea-ceremony room “Seiu-tei” which is almost located in the center of the garden is full-scale “Sukiyazukuri” (an architectural style based on the style of a Japanese tea ceremony building) which inherited the tradition in Japanese ancient times. The figure from which a swan flies down is imagined and appearance shows beautiful harmony of construction as the garden. In this Seiu-tei, the event is widely held not only as the tea party but also traditional culture, such as flower arrangement, a haiku gathering, a poem competition, and Japanese music, entertainments, etc.
The “Shioiri no Niwa” which directs scenery of the water which changes every moment by the tide and the “Suikinkutsu” playing three tones are established, and exquisite sound scenery is delighted with the sound of the wind which crosses a garden, and the sound of the flowing water.
Many flowers bloom through a year and an atmosphere of every season can be felt. The maple trees are stained with crimson and bring on a fantastic atmosphere particularly in autumn with a waterfall and a mountain stream. Moreover, visionary lighting is also unmissable.
|Address:||Atsutanishimachi 2-5 Nagoya Atsuta-ku, Aichi 456-0036 Japan|
|Access:||Nagoya Municipal Subway Meijo-sen Line “Jingu-nishi-eki” station (10 minutes walk)|
|Price:||300 yen (Adult)
Free (Children under 14 free of charge)
Please refer the official web page.