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The garden is located between Webster Hall and Kirby Theater. To visit the garden, use the western entrance of Webster and follow the signs leading to the garden's location. See Amherst College's campus map and driving directions.
Opened in 2001, Yūshien, roughly translated as “Garden of Friendship,” is a contemplative garden in the Japanese style that celebrates the strong historical ties between Amherst College and Doshisha University in Japan, founded by a small Christian school in Kyoto in 1875 by Joseph Hardy Neesima, an 1870 graduate of Amherst.
The Journal of Japanese Gardening has ranked Yūshien Garden one of the top Japanese gardens in the nation. Designed by Shin Abe, Yūshien placed sixteenth on the list of 2004. There are more than 300 public gardens in North America; the annual survey seeks “gardens displaying intimate traits such as subtlety, natural beauty, moderation, and human scale,” according to the Journal. (from Amherst College News & Events, April 29, 2004)