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Yuko-En on the Elkhorn, Georgetown

Categories: Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
3.6/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
Yuko-En on the Elkhorn, the official Kentucky-Japan Friendship Garden, is located in Georgetown, Kentucky on the north fork of Elkhorn Creek. The 6acre garden is designed to have the appearance of a Japanese style strolling garden.HistoryThe community Japanese Friendship Garden was built in 2000 as a project between the local citizens of Georgetown and the citizens of Georgetown's sister city, Tahara in Japan. Local landscape architects Steve Austin and Jeff Singer helped design and build the garden, incorporating the Bluegrass landscape with the features of a Japanese strolling garden. The Kentucky legislature designated Yuko-En on the Elkhorn, the "Official" Kentucky-Japan friendship garden.FeaturesThe Yuko-En on the Elkhorn garden features the traditional elements of a Japanese garden with plants and landforms native to Japan and Kentucky. The site's flat land was converted with 1400 truckloads of earth into gentle rising hills with gravel paths and arched bridges leading through a water garden, a Zen rock garden, and past the banks of Elkhorn Creek.The Tokugawa Gates at the entrance to the garden depict the Tokugawa Shogunate era in the form of Medieval European castle gates. A zigzag path leads into the garden through a patch of native cane.The Tahara Snow Lantern and Maple grove are gifts from the citizens of Tahara. The Maple grove includes species from America and Japan.
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  • This Place is beautiful I had my wedding there recently, we rented the building for 200 an hour with a 200 dollar "refundable" deposit. The contract states if you run over on the time you pay for or d...  read more »
  • Peaceful, meditative walk. Already popular with Pokemon Go players. A little short--maybe twenty or thirty minutes if you take your time. 
  • It appears to have one been wonderfully landscaped place, but could use a little love now. It's clean, no garbage, but the water was very green and the weeds were coming up. Still a great place for a ...  read more »
  • Wonderful park, absolutely beautiful! The grounds are kept up very well year round.
  • Well-kept little park in Georgetown. Lovely for a walk. I have seen wedding parties having their photos taken here, and I know that they have a building for rent as well for various events.
  • Awesome park. Very different. Not very good for kids though.
  • Very tranquil, beautiful and put your bare feet in the pond during summer for a surprise!
  • This beautiful treasure in the heart of Georgetown would receive 5 stars if it was maintained more frequently. A true wonder to behold, and I recommend a visit once a month to everyone.
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