Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cavinti's Japanese Garden

Large trees, manicured lawns, tidy steps and pathways and toriis and ponds are just some of the things you can see in Cavinti's Japanese Garden.

The Japanese Garden is a shrine created by Philippine-Japan Friendship Society in memory of the Japanese soldiers who died during the encounter between the Japanese and Filipino-American troops at the close of World War II. At the center of the Garden is a tomb that commemorates those who died in the battle.

The Garden is also said to symbolize the amity and friendship that exist between the Philippines and Japan after the war. There are picnic huts on the lower level of the garden where visitors can sit and enjoy a snack. The place for me is a perfect place to just relax and unwind and also an awesome spot to do some photo-shooting. Here are some snaps:

Chains and Memories

Humbled by Large Trees

Commemorative Tomb

Greens and Stones

The Memorial

Walk this Way

View of the Lake

Pathway and Shades

Koi Pond

How to go there? Japanese Garden is located along Lake Caliraya at Bgy. Talaongan, Cavinti, Laguna. It is few meters off the main road so it would better if you bring your own car along. From Manila you can teke the longer SLEX route or the more difficult but scenic Rizal route.

For SLEX, take last exit to Calamba, turn right to Calamba Junction towards Los Banos all the way to Pagsanjan Church. Turn left passing through to Palacol Bridge going toward Barangay Bagong Silang and start ascend to Caliraya Lake. For Rizal route, proceed to Marikina all the way to the Cainta junction towards Taytay. Following the main highway bound for Laguna pass through the eight municipalities of Rizal. Make a U-turn at Barangay Bagong Silang, Lumban to start ascend to Caliraya Lake.

For commuters, take on buses bound to Sta Cruz (HM Transit on EDSA Cubao or Green Star on Taft Ave). The bus will go through South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and will exit at Calamba tollgate. Get off at the terminal in Pagsawitan, Sta. Cruz, Laguna then ride a jeepney with Lumot signboard. The Lumot-bound jeepney will take you directly to Japanese Garden.


  1. Parang napakaserene ng place... memorial park ika nga... Pero mukha rin sarap tambayan kung nagmumuni muni... hehehhehehe...

  2. Oh cool, very serene ang place and basing from the pictures alone, talagang maganda.

    Keep it coming! I'm back from a deep sleep. :)))

  3. pang prenup ang location! hihi

  4. LOL on Chyng's comment, but so true.

    Very serene dito ah.

  5. Nice place there! Ang ganda!

  6. i've been to the japanese garden in cavinti as part of a laguna road trip! i loved it! so relaxing there! ganda! :)

  7. I've never actually been to that place. It looks great. Your photos make the garden really come to life in my head.

  8. I've driven the Rizal route to Cavinti years and years ago. Long and winding pero ang ganda nga. But I never got to this garden. Would be nice to visit the area again, this time passing by this beautiful garden. And that tree -- awesome!

    OO nga, magandang prenup place. :-)

  9. my friend from Cavinti has been inviting me to spend the weekend. maybe i should take up her offer.:p

  10. I am from Laguna pero naunahan mo pa akong makapasyal dyan hahaha. I hope to drop by soon. I liked the drama in the shots lalo na yung sa chains. :)

  11. ah---sa may Caliraya area. akala ko saang lupalop ng mundo ang Cavinti. Kala ko na typo kalang sa

    parang gusto ko tuloy mag rent bigla ng ride at sabay joyride sa area na yan. parang another world.

  12. it's a nice quiet place to break free from the hustle and bustle of the city.

  13. Hi Norman! Great to have some time to land here...
    Japanese gardens are wonderful!!

    Blogtrotter Two is showing a wonderful site for your holidays: Costa Smeralda!! Enjoy, leave your comment and have a great Sunday!

  14. Ang lamig sa mata ng garden, sarap nga siguro matulog dyan.

  15. Oo nga pwedeng pwede yan sa piktyur piktyur pag ikakasal. Ang daming magandang views. pero teka, di ba memorial yan? So parang eerie naman pang pre-nup lols.

  16. How much po prenup fee kung may bayad po...

  17. Anung puno yung malaki?