If you like flowers and garden, the choices are abundant in Japan. In Shikoku, what you see the most would be the famous impressionist artist Claude Monet’s water lily ponds, large and small.
Monet’s Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
The most impressive one is the Monet’s Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village in Kochi. It was a licensed replica of the Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France. The 30,000 square meters garden consists of three main themed gardens inspired by Monet’s paintings: Flower Garden, Water Garden and Light Garden. The Water Garden is the signature garden of all, featuring a Japanese taiko bridge arched over a pond which looks exactly like the one in France. There are wisteria, willow trees, bamboo and a selection of water lilies. You may see the iconic blue water lilies between July and October every year! It is a great place to spend half a day strolling around in the tranquil environment and enjoy a light meal in the French style cafe.
Otsuka Museum of Art
The second place where you can see a Claude Monet’s iconic water lily pond is at Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima. Otsuka Museum of Art is a “Ceramic board masterpiece art museum”, exhibiting over 1,000 replicas of masterpieces from world renounced museums. Locating en route to Naruto whirlpool, this museum is a good stop to see some art.
The Claude Monet water lily pond is an outdoor terrace with an oval shape big backdrop of Claude Monet’s water lily painting surrounded by a strip of water lily pond.
Chichu Art Museum
When I visited Chichu Art Museum in Naoshima (Kagawa, Shikoku Japan), there is an information about a Claude Monet’s water lily pond on the roadside before you arrive at the museum. This small feature is a lead-in to the exhibition of a Claude Monet’s painting exhibited inside the museum. However, if you don’t come here during the right season, you will only see a small pond without any water lily.