The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens celebrates the beauty and tradition of Japan through its newest botanical display, on view through June 15.
Guests will be taken on a cultural journey through many of the most vibrant elements associated with Japan, including cherry blossoms, butterflies and thousands of fresh tulips, calla lilies and chrysanthemums. Additionally, the garden features butterflies, tea gardens and the first ever replica of the Osaka Castle.
“Incorporating a replica of the stunning Osaka Castle into our Conservatory allows us the unique opportunity to share a piece of Japanese culture with tens of thousands of visitors each day,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International in a statement. “We aim to spark conversation and curiosity about this remarkable country and this storied castle.”
The first thing you’ll see when entering the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is the 30-foot-high Osaka Castle replica. It stands in the center of the West Bed and features shining golden trim and is flanked by two Japanese-style stone lanterns, illuminating a path to follow. Butterflies flutter throughout and topiaries capture your eye. Just below the castle is a waterfall that flows into a wide pond, which has three fountains.
In the East Bed, guests are greeted by the beautiful blooms of cherry blossom trees, lining a stone pathway accented with spring gates.
Glowing Japanese lanterns and a waterfall amid a collection of intricately designed pottery is in the South Bed. The lanterns are painted in bright greens, pink and blue lentils, evoking the hues of spring. Four-foot-tall lanterns are suspended overhead, lighting up the koi swimming in the pond below.
In the North Bed, two 18-foot red-crowned Japanese cranes stand over blooming lotus flowers. The cranes are inspired by the popular One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, one of a series of ukiyo-e prints by Japanese artist Hiroshige. The crane symbolizes longevity and strength in the Japanese culture, while the lotus flowers are honored for their ability to bloom from the mud of a murky pond. Also, in the North Bed is the replica of a legendary tea house that debuted at the 1893 World Fair in Chicago.