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…

Gyokusen’inmaru Garden in Kanazawa Castle was first built in 1634 by the third feudal lord and modified by the fifth and the thirteenth lord. As compared with Kenroku-en which was massive and designed for entertaining guests, Gyokusen’inmaru Garden is small yet beautiful and is believed to be the courtyard of the domain lord. The garden was abandoned during the Meiji era (from end of the 19th century to early 20th century) and had been reclaimed to be a horse field and later a sports stadium till 2008. In 2009, the prefecture government initiated a project plan to unearth and restore the Gyokusen’inmaru Garden. In March 2015, the exquisite garden and a rest house were opened.

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