Looking for something to do in Lethbridge this summer? Try the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden!

We recently spent a lovely afternoon at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in Lethbridge. We’ve been quite a few times already (including for fireworks on Canada day – best spot ever!) so I figured it was about time I did a proper review.

Here’s a list of a few of our favourite things to do while at the garden:

1. Take a Garden Tour


This complimentary tour starts at the entrance gate and takes you through the entire garden. Our Japanese guide was very knowledgeable about the garden and told us all about its history and origins.

One thing I really appreciated about the tour was that the guide made sure to stop and do his explanations in the shade! Since it was a hot summer day my girls and I definitely needed this.

2. Explore the Pavilion

If it starts getting too hot outside, you can duck into the central building in the garden to cool off and poke around. There are all sorts of treasures in cases and on the walls to look at, the tea ceremony room, and washrooms.

3. Read a Book

The guide mentioned that a great activity to do at the garden was to grab a book, find a spot of shade, and get comfortable. This book-loving mama thinks that sounds divine.

4. Fold Paper Cranes

We went a few days after the anniversary of Hiroshima, and the Garden was folding paper cranes in remembrance of that. A wonderful opportunity to speak with your children about the world and to pay respect to the lives that were lost.

5. Enjoy Taiko Drumming

We were so excited for the drumming! (I’ve secretly been longing to join the Taiko drummers for years now… just have to work up the courage to try it!)

This was my favourite part of the day. We picked a good spot in the shade under a beautiful tree, and had front row seats to the show.

They are extremely professional and talented, and the explanations between pieces helped me to understand and appreciate the drumming even more. It was a wonderful experience!

6. Ring the Bell

This was by far my five-year-old’s favourite part of the day. Ringing the colossal bell with a mini battering ram just makes you feel awesome. So awesome.

7. Make a Wish

There’s a wishing well!

My two-year-old kept tossing in coins, running to my mom, saying “More money!” and then running back and chucking the coins in. She loved it.

There are all sorts of events and activities going on here, including yoga, which sounds so relaxing!

The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Lethbridge! We can’t wait to go back!

**I was given complimentary passes to the garden in exchange for an honest review

Have you been? What’s your favourite spot?