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Parc Oriental de Maulévrier, the largest Japanese garden in Europe

The largest Japanese garden in Europe, the Parc oriental de Maulévrier (Maulévrier Oriental Park) will guarantee you a peaceful, spiritual trip out. Discover this relaxing Zen garden which stretches out over more than 29 hectares, and in where water plays a central and highly symbolic role. Take a stroll in the midst of carefully pruned trees or cross the little bridges to wander along flowery paths, enjoying the surrounding peacefulness.

Parc Oriental de Maulévrier, a vast Japanese garden

Parc Oriental de Maulévrier, listed as a "Jardin Remarquable" ("Remarkable Garden"),  is the largest Japanese garden in Europe. 300 plant species, 180 of which come from the Far East, flourish here.

While spring is typically the season that sees flowers blooming by the thousand (with gorgeous azaleas of all colours), it is worth visiting Maulévrier at any time of year. In autumn, for instance, you will witness an impressive array of shimmering colours, and in summer you can even explore the park by night, by the light of the moon and the carefully positioned lights.

Sometimes full of leaves, sometimes bare, the garden's trees are pruned using Japanese techniques. Statues, pagodas, temples and stone lanterns reinforce the symbolic aspect of the park, conveyed by the over-present water.

Water, the central element at Maulévrier 

Whether in the form of waterfalls, torrents or small tranquil lakes, water is an inherent feature of Parc Oriental de Maulévrier. Wooden walkways and charming little Japanese bridges provide a way across the water features.

The important role of water is typical of the Edo period (16th century), which inspired the garden of Maulévrier. Here, the water flows from east to west, recalling the daily cycle of the sun (from sunrise to sunset) as well as the cycle of human life, from birth to death.

The symbolism continues even in the bridges and islands: a red bridge represents the sacredness of the site, and the names of the two small islands ('crane' and 'tortoise') are symbolic of yin and yang.

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