Japan House, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
Japan House is a learning facility founded in 1976 by Shozo Sato. It is part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

The facility includes three tea rooms, or Chashitsu, a tea garden (Roji) and Japanese rock garden. It currently conducts classes in Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese Aesthetics and Ikebana for university students and members of the community. An annual event at the house welcomes international students. In 2019 an expansion effort was under way.
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  • The actual garden is a little messy, not surenif it is because of 2020 or that is normal. The surrounding walk ways are very nice.  more »
  • The best time to visit (imo) is the first 2 weeks of April. At this time the Cherry blossoms are in full bloom and look beautiful. Of course all of this is depending on what nature has to say about...  more »
  • Nice place to walk when it's not too warm. The best time to go is in the spring when the cherry blossom trees are in bloom!  more »
  • A great place to walk around with friends or even to walk your dog around the pond. There are also coy fish that you can see when overlooking on a bridge. When people visit during the warm months, I always take them here so they can see the beauty.
  • A nice and peaceful place to visit. The blooming season in Spring is the best time to visit and see the place in all its beauty. I would also recommend watching the tea ceremony that happens inside the house. The schedule of which is available on their website.
  • Great place to relax. Sitting under a tree, taking in the cool summer breeze while absorbing all the beauty from nature will brighten up you day. Definitely recommended.
  • Went to see firework in Matsuri. Wouldn't say it's spectacular but definitely impressive with a scent of fading summer.
  • Beautiful gardens!!! Great place to see what flowers to use for your own home garden!!

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