Shirotori is a beautiful example of a Japanese garden sitting on 3.7 hectares of land. Located in Nagoya, close by to the grand Atsuta shrine.
The garden has a natural style, with small rivers flowing, wild trees, stone paths, a small bamboo forest and the many ponds dotted around filled with hungry carp.
But this garden is perhaps mostly known for ‘Seiu-tei’. A complex of traditional tea rooms at the centre of the garden.
This old wooden traditional style tea house sits on the large body of water and people are required to reserve a space ahead of time.
Nearby there is another teahouse/cafe with a similar design in a more modern style that anyone is welcome to visit.
To reach Shirotori head down the Meijo line until you reach Jingu-Nishi. Then walk for about 10 minutes south.
Words and photos by Stefan Bingham.