Nitobe Memorial Garden

A place of reflection, where each step reveals a new harmony, the garden is designed to suggest a span of time - a day, a week or a lifetime – with a beginning, choice of paths, and ending.

A traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll Garden ranked consistently in the top 5 Japanese Gardens in North America. The Nitobe Garden includes a rare authentic Tea Garden with a ceremonial Tea House. Each tree, stone and shrub has been deliberately placed and is carefully maintained to reflect an idealized conception and symbolic representation of nature.

There is harmony among natural forms - waterfalls, rivers, forests, islands and seas - and a balance of masculine and feminine forces traditionally attributed to natural elements.

Nitobe Memorial Garden is part of UBC Botanical Garden located on the University of British Columbia Point Grey campus at a separate location.  

Across the pond at Nitobe Memorial Garden.

Across the pond at Nitobe Memorial Garden.

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Garden Amenities


The Urasenke Foundation of Vancouver hosts tea ceremonies at Nitobe Memorial Garden throughout the summer.

Visitors attending the ceremony can witness the formal preparation of tea and participate as guests. Tea ceremonies take place on the last Saturday of the month throughout the summer.

More information can be found on their website.


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(604) 822-6038


March 13 - October 31, 2018
Open daily from 11am - 4:30pm
November 1 - March 12, 2018
Open weekdays from 10am - 2pm

See website for daily/seasonal hours of operation.

Getting Here

1895 Lower Mall,
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z4

Region: Vancouver Coast and Mountains

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About the Author

Digital strategist, destination marketer, and garden tourism enthusiast, Scott McDonald can be found searching out the next offering on the BC Ale Trail or discovering something unique about a garden or local hidden gem. Previously a digital marketer at The Butchart Gardens and Canada 150 Community Leader for the City of Colwood, he is a member of the GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators.