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    The "Evergreen" Japanese Garden in Cavinti, Laguna

    Built in 1978 by the government of Japan and frequented by little Tutubi of the 80s when his father was working at the National Power Corporation's hydro power plant project, the Japanese Garden, located near the shores of Caliraya Lake is a popular picnic place and photography location shoots (e.g. prenups and probably a garden wedding venue).

    On entering the place, you'll notice towering trees (a delightful treat to biologists and nature lovers alike) and wide spaces of green grass ideal as picnic areas. There are also cottages (no rental fees), restrooms and a snack counter, a man-made lagoon (that used to have kois and goldfish years ago). For those going on a picnic, food is allowed to be taken in but be sure to not leave your trash behind (as it should always be).

    japanese garden caliraya cavintithe man-made lagoon that used to be populated with kois with torii-like bridge that connects to the long stairway

    it's a walk in the park for this kid and 2 ladies

    the hilltop provides a good photo opportunity much better if there's a blue sky. the top of the hill offers a great vantage point for viewing the twin lakes of Caliraya and Lake Lumot while savoring country fresh air

    the view of Lake Caliraya on the hilltop

    Inside the Japanese Garden is a shrine constructed by Philippine-Japan Friendship Society in memory of the Japanese soldiers who perished in the battle during World War II between the Japanese and Filipino-American troops. (Tutubi overheard a local mentioning Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita held camp at the garden wile on another occasion also heard Yamashita and the fabled Yamashita Treasures were buried there. Such rumors still persists!

    the Japanese memorial to fallen soldiers of World War mention of Gen. Yamashita (as Tutubi can recognize Yamashita in Nihongo/Kanji if it's written on the historical markers)

    In truth, Gen. Yamashita used the mountains of the Cordilleras to defend against the combined forces of the Americans and Filipinos (and some Australians though largely ignored by history); surrendered in the town of Kiangan, Ifugao; tried by a kangaroo court of Gen. MacArthur, convicted for war crimes he didn't commit, hanged and buried somewhere in Los Banos, Laguna near UPLB and Bureau of Plant Industry. The site is now called Homma-Yamashita Shrine and is the subject of a future Tutubi exploration. The "Tiger of Malaya" is now enshrined at the infamous Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.

    Lastly, this Japanese garden won't be complete without the iconic torii (鳥居・鳥栖・鶏栖)-- the traditional Japanese gate common in Shinto Shrines and Japanese Buddhist temples.

    torii japanese gardenone of two torii inside the Japanese Garden


    For those wishing to visit the Japanese Garden

    Japanese Garden Entrance Fee:

    P10.00 for adults (including employees of NAPOCOR)
    P5.00 for children

    How to get to Japanese Garden, Cavinti, Laguna:

    From Quezon City, the fastest route to Japanese Garden is via Rizal province and Manila East Road that'll take you to breathtaking views of Rizal province's "bitukang manok,"the city of Antipolo (via Sumulong Highway) and towns of Teresa, Morong, Baras, Tanay, Pililla, and the Laguna towns of Mabitac, Famy, Siniloan, Pangil, Pakil, Paete, Kalayaan and Lumban. In Lumban, you need to turn left when you see the kilometer 95 marker then go up Caliraya-Cavinti Road where Japanese Garden is located. Travel time via this route is around 3 hours from Trinoma/SM City North EDSA.

    From Makati, you can take SLEX Calamba exit then turn right at Calamba Crossing (unless you know the bypass road in Real up to Halang to avoid traffic) then drive all the way to Lumban to kilometer 95 marker. Follow the upward road til you see the Japanese Garden sign to your right.

    Commute to Japanese Garden? It's not really easy and reliable but possible to get there via Sta. Cruz, Laguna where you can ride jeepneys plying the Sta. Cruz - Lumot route (look for the signboard Lumot, refers to Lake Lumot and Lumot, Cavinti)

    Other attraction: Lake Caliraya, Lumot Lake and the so called Magnetic Hill near the kilometer 98 marker. The Japanese Garden is said to be the drop off point for the one hour trek to the secluded Twin Falls of Cavinti but the waterfalls but is located in a private property so no effort is made to verify the claims of locals.

    Related Posts:

    Caliraya Lake Resort
    Bus to Sta. Cruz, Laguna
    Exotikk Restaurant

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    posted by GingGoy @ 10:32 PM,


    At Sep 9, 2010, 8:02:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    ang ganda naman jan. sarap magpicnic. mura pa entrance fee.

    At Sep 11, 2010, 4:37:00 AM, Blogger tin-tin said...

    tagal ko narinig toh but never ako nakapunta. and to think na sa laguna ako nag-aral

    At Sep 12, 2010, 10:31:00 AM, Blogger Oman said...

    yay, this place will be on my next post. i went there with dom, erick and lantaw. cool place, sarap matulog don.

    At Sep 12, 2010, 8:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    wow, 'evergreen' nga ang japanese garden na ito.
    looks so inviting; i can almost smell fresh air from your photos. =)

    At Sep 13, 2010, 1:49:00 PM, Blogger carlotta1924 said...

    the place looks so serene. parang wala akong maririnig kundi ang hangin at mga ibon.:)

    At Sep 14, 2010, 5:02:00 PM, Blogger Jasper said...

    very nice and indeed a good find!

    At Sep 17, 2010, 9:19:00 AM, Anonymous kg said...

    the janpanes garden was beautiful! so relaxing! I love love laguna! so green and so full of historic relevance!

    i studied in UPLB, so i must have some bias! he he!

    At Aug 23, 2012, 9:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi, im planning my prenuptial there, just want to know if may pwede bang saksakan ng electric airbrush for my make up sana... and I will bring my 2 dogs. May idea po ba kayo? Thanks!

    At Aug 23, 2012, 7:21:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    anonymous, there's a cafeteria/small store there near the washroom, don't know if you can plug but you can ask. not sure about the dogs though if they'll let you enter with them unless they're of the small, cuddly breed that you can smuggle inside

    At Feb 26, 2013, 11:23:00 AM, Anonymous bb.bernal said...

    hi.. may prenup fee po ba dito? the entrance fee above, is still the ef for 2013?

    At Feb 26, 2013, 9:47:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    bb.bernal, i don't think there's a prenup fee. you're free to shoot as you won't be bothered by the guards. you don't have access to electricity so your shoot is limited to early morning to dusk. entrance fee is still the same, was there again just last december 2012

    At Feb 24, 2014, 9:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    pwede ba mag picnic magdala ng food and

    At Mar 3, 2014, 1:40:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    anonymous, yes, you can bring food and drinks there. we celebrate simple birthdays there through family picnics

    At Jan 18, 2015, 8:21:00 PM, Anonymous the youngest# 19 said...

    Napaganda talaga dito Tara pasyal na kayo

    At Jan 18, 2015, 8:22:00 PM, Anonymous the youngest# 19 said...

    Maganda talaga d2

    At Jan 18, 2015, 8:27:00 PM, Anonymous the youngest# 19 said...

    Maganda talaga d2

    At Oct 13, 2016, 9:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


    Any chance may contact number kayo please? Thanks!


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