Claude Monet’s famous Water Lily paintings were inspired by the pond at his Giverny home, but it turns out that you can also step into his world in Japan, where a similar pond exists.
The pond is located near a small Shinto shrine in Gifu Prefecture, just outside of Seki City. According to My Modern Met, the destination was relatively unknown until a few years back when visitors noticed it held a close resemblance to the pond depicted in Monet’s masterpieces.
Carp live in these glorious, crystal-clear spring waters, which are transparent and change color under various lighting conditions because they flow from mountain made from nutrient-free volcanic rock. The pond is even accompanied with a bridge like the one in the paintings.
The water body was an abandoned irrigation reservoir that was later given a second life by the owner of the nearby Itadori Flower Park in the 1990s. The local council later planted water lilies in the pond, and the community brought in carp that they could no longer care for.
The pond appears stunning all year, but its peak is in the early summer, when lilies are aplenty, and in late fall, when the leaves of the surrounding maple trees turn color.