Nitobe Memorial Garden is considered one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. When Emperor Akihito visited he said of the garden: “I am in Japan. ” Nitobe Garden celebrates the memory of Dr. Inazo Nitobe a remarkable Japanese figure whose goal was “to become a bridge across the Pacific” by promoting better understanding of Japanese culture in the West at a time when Japan was considered very foreign in the minds of most Westerners.
The garden can be seen as a bridge connecting cultures: visitors from around the world meet and learn about each other and Japanese culture.
Nitobe Memorial Garden was designed to create a reverence for and sense of harmony with nature. The Government of Japan sent Kannosuke Mori, a renowned landscape architect to design the garden and to ensure its authenticity.