Paying homage to Monet’s love of Japan

After several centuries of self-imposed isolation, Japan opened up to the rest of the world with the coming of the Meiji Restoration (1868 - 1889). European artists were fascinated by the aesthetics and traditions of Japanese culture, which inspired them to develop new techniques and introduce Japanese motifs into their work. The phenomena was known as “Japonism”, and French painter Claude Monet was among the leading exponents of this style

Monet had a unique talent, and his works have a special quality that few other painters have been able to emulate. Speaking of unique, Kochi is home to the only garden outside France that is permitted to bear his name. Monet’s Garden Marmottan, located in the village of Kitagawa, pays homage to the original gardens in Giverny, France which inspired some of his most famous works. Kochi’s garden was created in careful collaboration with the Claude Monet Foundation

There are three areas to stroll around: the Water Garden (Mizu no Niwa) is where you’ll find colorful water lilies serenely floating on tranquil ponds, reminiscent of Monet’s signature works. The Flower Garden (Hana no Niwa) features a bevy of flowers that change with the seasons. Last but certainly not least, the Garden of Bordighera reflects the Italian Riviera, where Monet stayed and painted for several months

Monet’s Garden Marmottan will be closed for maintenance from December (except for the first two weekends) to late February, so we highly recommend taking the opportunity to visit now if you can! There is also a special event called Night Canvas of Monet being held every weekend and national holiday until December 11, where you can explore the garden illuminated with colorful lights

Thank you to @nakanakano.t for letting us share these masterful autumn photographs! Definitely give her a follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nakanakano.t/

Autumn foliage typically peaks around late November at Monet’s Garden Marmottan 

It takes about 1.5 hours from Kochi Station by car or public transportation

Learn more about Monet’s Garden Marmottan: https://visitkochijapan.com/en/see-and-do/10003
Official website: https://www.kjmonet.jp/english/
  • Paying homage to Monet’s love of Japan

  • Paying homage to Monet’s love of Japan

  • Paying homage to Monet’s love of Japan