Places Cherry blossoms in Rome.. by Annie June 3, 2013 written by Annie June 3, 2013 In the middle of Rome?! Yet there it is… and the moment you cross the threshold of Via Antonio Gramsci 74, you enter another country. Life is quiet, orderly, punctual. The Istituto Giapponese di Cultura is a peaceful place: it organizes haiku contests, Japanese language courses, ceramics demonstrations, film festivals, art shows… all for free (on a first come, first served basis, and spaces are limited). In the spring, the Institute also allows visitors in for a tour of their lovely gardens. Renowned architect Nakajima Ken designed this garden in “sen’en style” (garden with lake) back in the sixties, and each year, for a limited time only, admirers are welcome. You must call 06 3224754 and reserve a spot on a tour, organized every thirty minutes, for a couple hours on Fridays and Saturdays, from March through May. And you must show up on time or you will lose your spot, and they will NOT let you in to see the gardens without the guide! The most spectacular part of a Japanese garden, of course, are the cherry blossoms, and I missed them by a few weeks. The garden was lovely nevertheless, and the Italian guide very knowledgeable. Next year, I will reserve for early April, and catch the cherry trees in bloom. 0 comment 0 FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail previous post Sant’Anatolia’s new museum next post Wedding gift!? Related Posts StayAssisi – Il Nido Tranquillo September 30, 2020 L’Antica Vetreria: Right inside a village with pool... September 30, 2019 Get an Adrenaline Rush at Gole del Raganello September 30, 2019 Brigolante Guest Apartments — Assisi Countryside Accommodation September 30, 2017 Splendors of Sicily Walking Tour September 30, 2016 The Well of Santa Maria in Via July 14, 2016 The Magnificent Views of Belvedere Marittimo June 7, 2016 Under the Etruscan Sun in Prato February 2, 2016 Risiera di San Sabba January 27, 2016 Venice: Secret Passages of The Doges Palace January 11, 2016 Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.