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Liliuokalani Gardens
The largest authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, Liliuokalani Gardens present Japanese culture set on Hawaii’s Hilo Bay. Arched stone bridges, moats, stone lanterns, pagodas, and a tea house make up the gardens, which were named after Hawaii's last reigning monarch and dedicated to the immigrants who worked in the sugar fields.

The Basics

Stroll with locals on the extensive trails in the garden’s 30-acre (12-hectare) park, or join a traditional ceremony at the tea house. Many guided tours of Hilo include a visit to the gardens, alongside stops at Big Island highlights such as Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls. If you are visiting on a cruise ship shore excursion or visiting on a tour from another island, look for a guided day trip that includes Liliuokalani Gardens.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A must-see for Japanese culture enthusiasts.
  • The gardens are free and open 24 hours a day. 
  • The garden’s extensive trails are popular among local joggers.
  • A footbridge connects the gardens to Moku Ola Island (Coconut Island).
  • Paved walkways make much of the gardens wheelchair and stroller accessible.

How to Get There
Liliuokalani Gardens are located less than 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Hilo International Airport and near Hilo’s main street, Kamehameha Avenue. If you are staying in Hilo you can reach the garden on foot, by bicycle, or by car. The gardens also can be visited on tours from cruise ships or other islands.

When to Get There
Average temperatures in Hawaii’s temperate climate typically remain stable year-round, rising to highs of about 85°F (29°C), making it a great spot to visit in any season. Wake up early and visit the gardens in the predawn quiet to watch the sunrise over the ocean. The gardens—open 24 hours—stay busy throughout the day.

Shoroan Tea House in Liliuokalani Gardens

The Shoroan Tea House holds traditional Japanese tea ceremonies free of charge. Take part in this Zen Buddhism ritual (known as Chado) in which bowls of tea are prepared in a traditional way and served to guests. There are also Japanese and English classes offered at the tea house. You can view the class schedule online. 
Address: 49 Banyan Dr, Hilo, Hawaii, USA 96720, USA
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Shore excursion hilo tour with Liliuokalani Gardens Volcano park
GoPlaces308977
, Oct 2019
The excursion was great. When out of his way to show us different sights. Very patient with us. Explain diffirent sights and way of living in Hilo. Love it.
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davidmshake
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jlbet591
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bljenio
, Oct 2019
Our tour was awesome. Josh was our guide and he gave us a great, in depth tour of the Hilo’s popular spots as well as Volcanoes NP. I really enjoyed how he catered the tour to all the participants and we weren’t on a tight/rigid timeline the whole time. Definitely recommend this tour!
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EY K
, Oct 2019
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Awesome day
Andy H
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This was a fabulous trip. To call Chris our tour guide would be selling him short. He became our zoologist, our botanist, our geologist and Hawaiian language consultant. He managed to pack-in about five attractions for the price of one, and made them all fun. This was a terrific day trip. Thanks to all who were involved!
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ChicagoDanny1
, Oct 2019
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efromny2017
, Sep 2019
Such a great tour. Covered so much! Great tour guide with great facts. As a solo traveler, a definite tour!
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Nicely paced trip around the hot spots near Hilo
Red66Stang
, Sep 2019
We enjoyed the fact that this was not on one of those giant buses. It was nice to only worry about a few couples getting on and off the bus vs a large crowd. Each stop was 20-30 minutes and they were spaced out to the point where you do not spend hours driving to get to a short 20 minute stop and leave. The variety of the stops between waterfalls, Volcano National Park, and other attractions kept the tour perfectly balanced. My wife and I really enjoyed this trip and I would recommend it to anyone.
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A Must see
1214tc
, Sep 2019
We went on a tour of the volcanic national park well worth the visit highly recommend this tour definitely an eye opener to me on how the earth works

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