Nitobe Memorial Garden

A place of reflection, where each step reveals a new harmony, the Nitobe Memorial 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. Nitobe Memorial 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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Wedding on the bridge at Nitobe Memorial Garden. Photo by Amber Hughes.

The natural location for your next event. A traditional tea and stroll garden, considered to be among the top Japanese gardens outside Japan. With a capacity of up to 25 people this garden is the perfect backdrop for an intimate ceremony.Learn more about wedding rentals on their website.

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 here



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March 13 – October 31, 2018Open daily from 11am – 4:30pmNovember 1 – March 12, 2018Open weekdays from 10am – 2pm See website for daily/seasonal hours of operation.

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1895 Lower Mall, Vancouver, BCV6T 1Z4

Region: Vancouver Coast and Mountains


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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.