“Shogun World / Snow Lake”
Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?
A beautiful Japanese garden in "Shogun World", one of the other theme
parks ( in addition to "Westworld" ) run by the Delos Corporation. The
park is a simulation of feudal Japan.
Q. When do we see it?
A. In Episode 6, of Season 2, "Phase Space".
Q. What is it in real life?
escaping from the violence of a Japanese village, the small band of travelers (consisting of Maeve,
her new Japanese friend, Akane, and a few of their mutual allies), make
their way to "Snow Lake", the birthplace of Akane's late "daughter", Sakura…
Akane ritually cremates Sakura’s heart at a shrine..
While there, Maeve accesses a hidden tunnel beneath a Japanese tsurigane bell, which leads back to the Westworld control area.
A. A modern Japanese garden – but nowhere near Japan.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. "Snow Lake" is actually the beautiful Japanese garden at The Huntington, (near Pasadena) in San Marino, California .
(And yes, it's somewhat ironic that a place named "Snow Lake" is
actually located in a Southern California city where it never snows.)
But bear in mind that they threw in a touch of CGI along the way. That
view of Mount Fuji in the background, for instance, is an obvious fake.
And some elements within the more distant shots appear to have been doctored and
I shot the three photos below on my last visit to the Huntington:
The Huntington (officially known as "The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens"),
the lavishly landscaped former estate of a wealthy real estate tycoon
(Henry Huntington), has been the site of many productions over the
years, including "The Good Place", the movie "Charlie's Angels", and Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.".
Above is the same tsurigane bell seen in the Snow Lake scene.
estate is open to the public, so you can visit this Japanese garden (as
well as the other gardens at the estate, and its art museums), and I
highly recommend that you do. It is one of the best things Southern
California has to offer. Their most recent addition is a new Chinese garden, which has already appeared in more than one production.
The address of the Huntington estate is 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA.
It is approximately five miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
Here is a Google panorama of the garden:
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
I have visited The Huntington many times (it is a fabulous place), have
shot photos there of this garden, and have also written about it
several times for other filming location pages.
When I first saw the garden in Westworld, I thought that it might
actually be the UCLA Japanese garden (which I have also visited), since
the two bear a resemblance. But after a closer look, I realized it was
in fact the Huntington garden.
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