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Japan House

200 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61802
+1 217-244-9934
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Part of the arboretum

I've only been in the Japan House once, when they were exhibiting the work of an art class... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2017
Urbana, Illinois
The walk around the outside of the Tea House is lovely.

I visited with 2 teenagers. The walk to the house was lovely. Walking through the carefully... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Karen S
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200 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61802
+1 217-244-9934
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

I've only been in the Japan House once, when they were exhibiting the work of an art class. However, the grounds are open to casual visitors pretty much any time. The house is adjacent to a set of excavated ponds, in which there are sometimes...More

Thank Cello12345
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I visited with 2 teenagers. The walk to the house was lovely. Walking through the carefully landscaped area around the outside of the Tea House was our favorite part. There was a beautiful shade garden with a water feature on one side, and a zen...More

Thank Karen S
Reviewed 4 October 2016

The Japan House was the dream of a famous Japanese materials science professor while he was a visiting scholar at the UI many years ago. Since then it has grown into a tremendously popular attraction. In addition to the house itself there are ponds, gardens...More

Thank djoncich
Reviewed 14 September 2016

I really miss the koi, ducks, and geese. The ponds no longer feel Japanese. They screwed them up with the renovation, but a lot of the other improvements are great.

Thank nldesign
Reviewed 18 July 2016

This is within the arboretum area and may be of interest to a limited group of people. There was no access to the house, or much information about what went on inside, but got the impression it was sued for educational purposes.

Thank David S
Reviewed 2 June 2016

If you need peace and quite with a beautiful view this is the place to go. Great for wedding photos. It's just a nice of breath air. The gardens are also very beautiful.

Thank Chanra T
Reviewed 29 February 2016

A nice little theme park located within the main park. A tea ceremony was going on during out stop so we just walked around the gardens. It is not very large, maybe a 5 minute walk around the building. It incorporates the main ideas of...More

Thank Joe T
Reviewed 22 October 2015

we halva pleasant walk over to the house, which unfortunately was not open to the public, but we had an interesting walk about the place. I personally liked the gravel, its very soothing for the mind to look at it. worth the visit, even when...More

Thank FOL-1003
Reviewed 26 August 2015

The best time to visit this awesome place is in August-October when flowers bloomed. It has a nice lake with a peaceful view. Morning walks are awesome.

Thank drahmeh
Reviewed 5 June 2015

Japan House is on the University of Illinois Campus. It features walk thru gardens, and on certain days and times the house itself is open to the public. Near by are two other gardens to walk thru too. Excellent adventures!

1  Thank candyinillinois
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mike l
What are the hours on Labor day and what is the cost for a tea cermony
5 September 2015|
Response from TheScotsman61 | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know they are only open on Thursdays The next Tea Ceremony is on September 10th at 2:15pm You have to go to their website to register, you can find out lots of information about the Japan House there. TICKET... More