The Japanese Garden, Los Angeles

4.2
#9 of 50 in Parks in Los Angeles
Garden · Nature / Park
An oasis of tranquility, The Japanese Garden offers a perfect balance of tradition and modernity. Carefully designed, the garden was fashioned after strolling gardens of Japanese 18th- and 19th-century feudal lords--the type also known as "wet garden with promenade." Its originality also lies in the fact that it uses water from the adjacent water reclamation plant. Enjoy vistas from the stony bridges and winding footpaths while smelling the fragrances of seasonal flowers and manicured trees throughout the year. Admire the rock work of the Zen meditation garden. At the end of the path, have a cup of tea in an authentic tatami tea house. Put The Japanese Garden on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Los Angeles trip itinerary website.
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  • All the reviews describing how lovely the garden is are true. In early February we were additionally enchanted by an elegant white heron that calmly walked along the edge of the lake a few feet from....  more »
  • Beautiful trees,water foul, and even turtles. This garden, hydrated with reclamated water, is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon. A great way to recharge your battery while seeing ecology working  more »
  • These gardens are very well laid out. No matter which direction you look, it is beautiful and peaceful. You meander through paths to find joy around every corner. Ducks enjoy the ponds while a white.....  more »
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  • You enter the Japanese Garden after stopping by the gift shop to buy your tickets. The garden itself is very pretty ,with lotuses, koi fish, ducks and more critters. There are benches in the shade that let you have an overview of the garden. Good place to take pictures and go on a stroll
  • Our friends had their wedding here in October and it was magical. The Japanese Garden Tea House provided an intimate venue for family and friends. We felt like we we were part of the ceremony. Wonderful Afterwards, we were able to explore the garden and take some beautiful pictures. The ducks with their ducklings were so cute and the stream with its little waterfall was so serene and peaceful. We will be going back and exploring more of this beautiful and zen garden.
  • Beautiful and scenic. Very peaceful. Plenty of benches to sit and take in the tranquility. Different species of birds here. The only downside is I wish it was bigger. You don't feel like you are in the middle of the valley at all.
  • Let's just acknowledge the elephant in the room, this is a part of the Los Angeles Water Reclamation Project. That means that sewage is bring filtered here. That means there is always a certain amount of funk in the air. The hotter it gets, the more noticeable the funk. With that being said, it really is a beautiful garden. It embraces the entire Japanese ethos of beautiful form and design serving a higher purpose. Take some time to read about the gardens individually. There is deeper meaning to each element of the garden than meets the eye. It's an easy walk with some paved walkways and some dirt paths. The tea house overlooks a small lake and makes for a perfect resting spot in the middle of the garden stroll. Bring a good camera. Cell service is spotty so don't plan on doing too many IG uploads. Parking is free. Adult admission is $5, seniors and children $3.
  • This garden is a go to visit anytime I am in the area, a brief walk through this garden's tranquil paths should provide some relaxation and inspire you. This is the cleanest place in the whole entire San Fernando Valley. A pristine slice of green Japanese botanical art tucked into the already world famous ANTHONY C. BEILENSON PARK. Small fee that you pay at the visitor shoppe then you can enter into a destination that will transport you away from your worries and into a few moments of bliss.

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