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The Japanese Garden & Bonsai Nursery

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Address: | St. Mawgan Village, Newquay TR8 4ET, England
Phone Number: 441637860116
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


The Japanese Garden in Cornwall combines the beauty of...


The Japanese Garden in Cornwall combines the beauty of nature with an artistic refinement using shaping & styling of plants & natural elements. It is a place of tranquillity with a variety of plants and water features, where visitors can enjoy the wonder of nature in a peaceful, relaxing space. The garden was built as a meditative garden, where one can calm the mind & let go of unwanted stress through contemplation & reflection.

We are open from 10am – 6pm, 7 days a week.

Last entrance to the Japanese Garden 5pm.

  Open 1st March to 31st October

Admission Prices

Adults: £4.50

Children: £2.00

Babies/in buggies free

Shop & plant areas are admission free.

This year we will be offering Season Tickets for £9 – which will enable one person to visit the Japanese Garden as often as they like during our opening dates & times.

Useful Information


Garden size: 1 acre approx

Wheelchair friendly: Yes, 90% + (gravel paths)

Refreshments: Yes, small selection of hot & cold drinks & outdoor seating area

Toilets: None on site. Public toilet facilities approximately 20 meters from car park entrance

Dogs: We love dogs & have one of our own (Rupert), but cannot allow dogs, except guide dogs, in the Japanese Garden. There is ample shade in our car park & we can provide water for a four legged friend if requested


The Japanese Garden is just over an acre in size & is located in the picturesque village of St. Mawgan. There is a variety of trees & plants growing in the garden; some planted 20-30 years ago when the garden was first created & others that have been growing for easily a hundred years. Plants that are classically recognised as Japanese (Japanese Acers for example) are located in abundance throughout the garden & these are blended with some beautiful, local Cornish plants (such as a huge english oak tree among others). Depending on when you visit you might see the spectacular Asaleas flowering in the spring, or the Japanese Acers turning from green to vivid red in the autumn.

We now offer a small selection of refreshments (some hot & cold drinks) & a seating area near to our shop. We are hoping to develop a cafe in the future, so we are always keen to hear suggestions about what you might like. If you would like to bring your own food, you are more than welcome, we just ask that you do not leave any litter in the garden. We do not have toilets on site but the village public toilets are accessible & are just around the corner from our car park entrance (less than a 2 minute walk).

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Very peaceful gardens

We visited at the end of October and thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The gardens are very restful and although small are well worth visiting. Luckily the weather was fine and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 19, 2015
Aldershot, United Kingdom
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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We visited at the end of October and thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The gardens are very restful and although small are well worth visiting. Luckily the weather was fine and many of the trees were in perfect autumn colours. The gardens are well established and maybe do need a little attention but I thought that just added to their... More 

1 Thank T0talt0urist
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We have visited previously and it was great. Unfortunately we discovered that the site is closed until March 2016 when visiting today. The Trip Advisor site suggested it was open but this is not the case. It wasn't a wasted trip as the village, church and footpath behind the Village Stores are well worth exploring.

Thank Alan P
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

Has great potential but requires some TLC. The various water features and beautiful plants in the autumn made the trip worthwhile.

1 Thank Margaret O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Recommended by a friend, we managed to squeeze in a visit at the end of our holiday and I'm glad we did. I only regret not having more time to do another circuit of the gardens. Beautiful scenery set in a sleepy village, this is a perfect stop for anyone wishing to slow down, relax and appreciate something a little... More 

3 Thank David D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Stopped off here on the way back from Newquay and it is beautiful. Very peaceful gardens and stunning greenery. Saw some gigantic dragonflys and a caterpillar fell onto my girlfriends head. The day could not get any better. Lovely for sale section where we picked up our very own Bonsai. Member of staff very knowledgeable and only wanted the best... More 

1 Thank Justin T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely loved this place when we visited. We walked around admiring the water features, statues, and amazing plants. We spent a good couple of hours wandering around and resting in private little areas. We checked out the plants left for sale (as they are closing the nursery) and had a lovely chat with the owners. The gardens will be staying... More 

1 Thank Lillipeach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

What a hidden gem! Its so peaceful here and a great place to buy some of the gorgeous plants you find in the garden. I love the little zen garden with the guarding buddha statues! Stunning little place.

1 Thank BitterSweet1990
Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Very interesting and well worth a visit. The garden although impressive is a bit tired and it shows it has been around for 26 years. They are closing the bonsai nursery and just keeping the garden open which may give them more time to focus on the garden. Although it's very interesting to see the prices of bonsai trees ranging... More 

2 Thank Tom H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

It must be hard to keep any garden tidy these days with high labour costs. And autumnal leaf fall doesn't help ... but a Japanese gardens need to be carefully tended and pruned) to keep all the shapes to the original design; gravel needs to be raked and pond weed removed. However, there are some lovely vistas and bamboos.

1 Thank The-Kent-Bees
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Fantastic gardens, super mini trees, lovely service. What a great day spent. Came home bonsai trees everywhere

1 Thank Sarah N Jason W

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