Just a short walk south of the IdcN Museum are the Orchid Gardens - an urban garden dedicated to the orchid.
The Orchard Gardens are a pleasant retreat in the center of Nagoya and consist of both interior and exterior European-style garden space.
The main, pleasantly cool main atrium displays over 250 species of orchid as well as other flowers. The ceiling was modeled on the Crystal Palace erected in London's Hyde Park for the first World Expo of 1851.
Outside are some fine lawns in a British-style garden, a small lake with lotus flowers and an Asian garden built around a Balinese-style arbor.
The Orchid Gardens includes a flower shop on the first floor and the second floor has a noted restaurant. The air-conditioning system for the building is ecologically run using an in-house sewage treatment center.
4-1 Osu 4-chome
Tel: 052 243 0511
Hours: 10am-8-pm; closed Wednesday
Price: 700 yen; 200 yen for the over 65's
Nearest subway station is Kamimaezu on the Tsurumai and Meijo Lines of the Nagoya subway.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008