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The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens are set in the beautiful seaside town of Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland. 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. The gardens pay homage to the fame he attained in Japan through his incomparable literary descriptions of the people, customs and culture of that country. 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. Children are introduced to these magical gardens through a special children’s discovery trail, secret pathways, woodlands and Lafcadio Hearn’s fairytales and folklore.
Now in its fifth year, the Enchanted Garden is quickly becoming recognised as one of the leading Winter Light Festivals in Ireland. These unique Japanese Gardens are lit at night by a sea of twinkling lights, animal sculptures and dramatic tree and foliage lighting, all creating a magical winter wonderland. Visitors young and old will be mesmerised as they walk through the gardens and are greeted at every turn by stunning displays. The Winter fairy will walk through the gardens this year and adults and children may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of her as she magically appears in the Japanese Ceremonial Teahouse. Visitors can warm their hands by the open fire and enjoy takeaway tea, coffee hot chocolate and Gluhwein as they follow the paths on a one way system through 1.5 acres of light features. The Victorian Garden adds old world charm to the experience and will fuel the imagination for all who visit. This event is suitable for Adults and Children of all age groups. The theme this year is ‘Waterford Shines’ and light colours will be a tribute to the great effort made by the frontline staff and the people of Waterford City and County during 2020.