“Monet’s Pond” is a nameless pond hidden away in the countryside of Gifu prefecture. In 2015, the pond rose to social media fame due to its striking resemblance to that of a Claude Monet painting. Located next to Nemichi Shrine, the transparent glass-like water filled with Koi fishes and floating water lilies makes the area a sight to behold.
Back in the 1990s, Monet’s Pond was just a regular, uncharacteristic pond teeming with weeds. With the help of the local neighborhood, the pond got cleaned up and became a home to Japanese carp (Koi) fishes that were released there by owners who were no longer able to take care of them. The clear, transparent water of the pond is due to its pristine source — natural spring water that flows from Mt. Koga.
The formerly nameless pond garnered attention after a photo of it was posted onto social media during the summer of 2015. The pond is especially beautiful during summer, when the water lilies are in full bloom. In autumn, the maple trees surrounding the pond and shrine turn a spectacular shade of red and orange, making the site even more beautiful.
35-minute drive from JR Gifu Station (set navigation towards Itadori Flower Park to reach the nearest car park)
70-minute bus ride with transfers from JR Gifu Station to Horado Kiwi Plaza to Ajisai-en (Bus Stop #12)
For more information on how to reach Monet's Pond, check out the Gifu Tourism Page.