Best Walks for Fitness and Enjoyment

Arboretum—Japan House Walk

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The Basics
  • Start point and end: Arboretum parking lot on East side of Lincoln Avenue (between the Welcome Garden and Japan House)
  • General description: This visually beautiful loop takes walkers past the Japan House through the Dr. Frank W. Kari Walkway and through the Miles C. Hartley Selections Garden in the Arboretum.
  • Directions: Head south out of the Arboretum parking lot and follow the complete loop around the Dr. Frank W. Kari Walkway back to the parking lot. Then, go to the north side of the parking lot and enter the path to the Arboretum Welcome Walk. Follow to the Miles C. Hartley Selections Garden. Walk along the outside of the garden, and come back to the parking lot.
  • Steps: 1,756
  • Distance: about 0.8 miles
  • Time to walk at a moderate (15 – 20 minute mile) pace: 14:54 (minutes)
How To Lengthen This Walk

Weave through each path in the Selections Garden or loop around either or both area(s) again.

What's Great About This Walk
  • This is perhaps the most aesthetically beautiful setting on campus. The gardens host hundreds of species of flowers and native plants.
  • It provides a fresh atmosphere—a complete retreat from the rest of campus.
  • The entire walk is free from the roadway.
  • It showcases the new (September 2012) Dr. Frank W. Kari Walkway and Ponds Restoration site—an area that includes the Japan House, three ponds, and over 20,000 native plants.
  • Educational signage is posted so visitors can learn more about this “living laboratory.”
  • Several benches are available, making this an ideal setting for a relaxing lunch.
What to Be Aware of on This Walk
  • No direct lighting on path; use caution if walking at night.
  • Combination shade and sun
  • High-use buildings: Japan House
  • Recreational areas: benches, shaded pavilions, picnic table, park benches
  • Metered parking in Arboretum parking lot and along Lincoln
  • Outhouse adjacent (behind Idea Garden, just north of walk)