Nikka Yuko opens for summer season, family activities planned

A Lethbridge Tourist Attraction is now open for the summer months. The Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens has opened their doors to the public after postponing the opening for a month due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

With summer shortly around the corner in southern Alberta, more and more people are looking to get outside and explore the city. The Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens is once again open for the summer, with lots of activities planned for visitors.

“This year we are bringing back our picnic experience, so guests can enjoy just an intimate picnic with their friends or loved ones, these are for really small groups,” says Melanie Berdusco, Marketing & Events Manager, Nikka Yuko. “We also have our Zensai package, which means appetizers, so you can enjoy a charcuterie board on Friday and Saturday evenings.”

Nikka Yuko has partnered with Mocha Cabana to offer a Canadian-Japaense inspired meal, while using locally produced ingredients. 

Another partnership between Nikka Yuko and the Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society is set to showcase a Midsummer Night’s Dream throughout the summer.

“We’re working with Shakespeare in the Park, they’ve come here for several years so we are going to be bringing them back this summer to do a Shakespeare in the Garden,” said Berdusco.

Stephanie Savage, Vice President of the Board of Directors for Lethbridge Shakespeare, says people can expect a traditional play with a modern twist, while enjoying the scenery around them. 

“Definitely high energy, lots of laughs, a traditional play but with some modern jokes infused in the show and modern twists, but following very closely along with what Shakespeare intended the play to be. Especially at places like Nikka Yuko, you get the added benefit of how beautiful the gardens are, so people can not only enjoy the show, but enjoy the view.”

A schedule for show dates is set to be released in the coming days. The Garden is open Thursday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Admission is $11 for adults and $7 for children, five and under are free. To book your tickets, visit

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