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Monet's Garden in Japan

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A reimagined version of the French painter’s gardens, in a village in Kochi


Kochi East Tourism Associaition



Monet’s Garden Marmottan in the small village Kitagawa is the only garden in the world, outside France, officially authorized by the Claude Monet Foundation to bear his name.


Inspired by the beloved gardens of his home in Giverny, that gave rise to some of Monet’s most famous works, the Kitagawa garden is divided in to three sections.


At its center is the Water Garden (Mizu no Niwa), a tranquil landscape reflecting Monet’s fascination with Japanese gardens and woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) produced in the Edo period (1603-1868). It features willows, bamboos, a Japanese wisteria trellis and, of course, a selection of water lilies.


The taiko bridge is identical to the one Monet built in Giverny in 1883, while his iconic 'Nymphéas' (Water Lilies) series features in replica form around the ponds, with blue water lilies in bloom from July to October.


In the Flower Garden (Hana no Niwa), swathes of colourful flowers create an impression of the artist’s palette, changing by the seasons and creating a dynamic landscape, year-round. The Garden of Bordighera (Bordighera no Niwa) is a Mediterranean-style garden based on Monet’s journey to the French and Italian Rivieras, with fellow artist Renoir, in 1883. It features palms, olive trees and other exotic flowers and plants.


Infused with the spirit of Monet and in collaboration with the Claude Monet Foundation, Monet’s Garden Marmottan is a living canvas and masterpiece worth seeing in its own right.


Organization:Monet`s Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village


How to get there


Monet's Garden Marmottan is 30 minutes by car from Kochi Airport.


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