The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens are set in the beautiful seaside town of Tramore, County Waterford. These stunning gardens reflect the life and extensive wanderings of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo), who grew up in Ireland, and whose life journey embraced several parts of the world. Follow Lafcadio Hearn’s life journey, first through the Victorian Garden, then to the American and Greek gardens, until you eventually arrive in the Japanese gardens which feature many Japanese plants and Japanese architectural features.
The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens are a haven of beauty and tranquility for all who visit and also a part of Ireland’s Ancient East Touring Region. Children are introduced to these magical gardens through a special children’s discovery trail, secret pathways, woodlands and Lafcadio Hearn’s fairytales and folklore.
You can begin a self-guided tour in the Victorian Garden, plaques in each garden provide you with the information for your tour. You will then go through the niwa mon – a traditional Japanese Entrance Gate and follow the story of the garden through the Transition Garden, the American Garden and the Greek Garden. You will then go under the Fuji-dana and into the Japanese Gardens, passing by the Tea Garden, the Stream Garden and onto the Woodlands. During this time you will be able to discover folklore and fairytales as translated by Lafcadio Hearn and your map will provide you with information on some of the many interesting features of the garden. This magical journey will then move on to the gardens of Peace and Harmony, the Garden of the Living God and onto Journey’s End.
Please note: You also have an option to choose a professional guided tour through the gardens, just choose the option when selecting your product. The guide will relate to you the story of the Gardens, point out interesting features and intrigue you with folklore and fairytales as translated by Lafcadio Hearn, an experience not to be missed.