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See water lilies at Monet’s Pond

Colourful Japanese carp in a clear pond with a bridge and greenery in the background at Monet’s Pond, Gifu Prefecture

Partners Information: Officially called Namonaki Pond (lit. Nameless Pond), this striking pond in Gifu Prefecture is more commonly known as Monet’s Pond for its resemblance to the artist's famous Water Lilies series of paintings. 

Close up of colourful Japanese carp in Monet’s Pond, Gifu Prefecture

Beautiful year-round, the pond is especially striking when the water lilies bloom from late May to late October, with mid-June to mid-July being the prime viewing period. Colourful brocade carp swim languidly under water lilies in pristine spring water from nearby Mt Koga. 

Colourful Japanese carp in a clear pond with a bridge and autumn leaves in the background at Monet’s Pond, Gifu Prefecture

Mid-November to early December is another popular time to visit as the Japanese maple trees around the pond transform into fiery autumn hues. 

Tips

  • The flower buds on the water lilies open when it’s at least 25°C, typically from around 11:30am. 
  • The lily pads are green from mid-April to late November while colourful autumn-hued ones are found in late December to late July. Visit between mid-April to late July to see a colourful mix of green and autumn-hued lily pads.   

 

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