Overview of Nanatsudo Park

Nanatsudo Park, located in the northwestern part of Mito, is a full-scale English-style landscape garden, designed by an English company, with most of the materials imported from England.
Landscape gardens emerged in 18th-century England, and represent natural perspectives comprising exquisite and picturesque landscapes.
There are five ponds of different sizes in Nanatsudo Park, all joined by dams designed in varied styles, from ancient to modern times, in a downstream sequence. This design reflects changes in man-made culture and nature. Around the ponds, you will find follies (decorative artificial structures) mimicking a ‘well’ and a ‘ruin’.
As such follies typically recreate an exotic scene from ancient times, Nanatsudo Park was selected as a location for the movie Thermae Romae, a fantasy set in ancient Rome.

The ‘Secret Garden’ is located deep in the woods. It is designed in the style of the ‘cottage garden’, which emerged in the suburbs of 19th-century England. Cottage gardens are similar to the popular image of today’s ‘English garden’.
The garden, surrounded by bricks and hedges, is rich in flowers. You can enjoy blooming English roses particularly in early summer and autumn.

 

Nanatsudo Park combines English-style gardens of both the 18th and 19th centuries, making it a very rare park in the country.
A Kofun-period site, the ‘Gongenyama Cave Graves’, is found by the pond. Today, there remain only five of the original seven stone chambers (caves) which gave the park its name: ‘Nanatsudo’ (‘Seven caves’).

Since opening in 1999, Nanatsudo Park has lost some of its original elegance because of deterioration and flower blight.
Thus, in 2014, the 15th anniversary of the Park, we initiated a regeneration project, the ‘Nanatsudo Regeneration Story’.
Regeneration of the park takes time.
We would like to show you the progress of change before reaching the final chapter.
Such regeneration progresses chapter by chapter, just as a story, and this is why we call the project the ‘Nanatsudo Regeneration Story’.
The story has just begun.
Read on!