The management of Nagoya’s “Ran no Yakata Orchid Garden” is under serious review and the grounds may be put up for sale as the city reviews its budget.

Situated on a 1.6 hectare site, the gardens opened in 1998. In that same year, over 370,000 people visited the gardens, but by 2011 the number had dropped to 130,000. Nagoya City has been paying 110 million Yen annually to the managers of the gardens. In a budget review in October 2011, it was decided that the city should consider abolishing the program and privatize the gardens.

The Orchid Garden is located alongside Wakamiya Odori avenue in Nagoya’s Naka-ku.

Source: The Mainishi Shimbun, May 8, 2012.