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Address: Prospect Hall Rd, btwn Old Mill Way and Uitsig St | Durban North, Durban, South Africa
Phone Number: 563 1333
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Not Much Of Japan

The Japanese Gardens seems to be rather neglected. There are none of the statues left and we could not find any khoi in the ponds. The gardens has a lot of peace and quiet and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The Japanese Gardens seems to be rather neglected. There are none of the statues left and we could not find any khoi in the ponds. The gardens has a lot of peace and quiet and would be ideal for a picnic but there is not much Japanese culture to be seen it is more like a normal park in a... More 

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Durban
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I hadn't been to the Japanese Gardens for some years. Looking for something different to do outside of the safety zone of coffee shops and neon-lit malls, we thought we might amble through the gardens. I might actually get to use my camera for a change and feel safe about doing so. It all started out promisingly enough. Just outside... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

UNSAFE. On saturday 11 April, My friend and I went to Japanese Gardens for a picnic and we got mugged. Becareful, the place is not safe and a gentleman came out from no where and stole our cell phones. Its unsafe and wouldnt recommend anyone to go there at all. The guard didnt help much and no one helped at... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Although this place is not as well maintained as it once was, there is still a lot of charm that this garden offers be it for large family outings or for a romantic stroll with your better half. You can relax under the trees and enjoy the natural environment. It is also pleasing to note that many young families bring... More 

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maputo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We went there around 11am with my kids and we felt scared, as it looked unsafe, and there was only 1 guard for this big untidy garden. He said not to go far otherwise he could not save us if anything happens as he was the only one in duty. We noticed some people who looked more like thieves, and... More 

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Cape Town
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Being on leave, we visited the Japanese Gardens during the week. The garden was not well kept and the staff present were mainly lying in the shade not doing anything constructive. What was more disturbing was the number of school children, not at school, but hanging out at different locations within the gardens. This was around 11am. Do parents know... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

What was once a beautiful Japanese garden with a delicate arrangement of plants and well manicured lawns is now an ordinary park filled with picnic parties and little sign of any of the 'Japanese' garden apart from two gates with an Easter design

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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We had a Cultural Group "Get Together" at the Japanese Gardens this Wednesday passed (1 May 13). The park is clean. There is security visible all over. Toilet facilities are clean and nearby. Tea Kiosk was cheerful, always ready to assist. The Garden is amazing and the walks are peaceful. A perfect day visit venue. It is free to enter.

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

The gardens are clean and well maintained. On weekends is very busy with families having picnics. But if you walk for about 5 -10 minutes into the park away from parking lot, you fine nice relax and quite areas. I visit the garden many times with my dog, and relax in a blanket reading a book or working on my... More 

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Richards Bay, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Not what it used to be ... all the little japanese hut's been replaced with thatch roofs !! Not Japanese at all. It used to be a oasis of calmness where you can hear the wind and find your soul - now days you have to excuse all the caterers trucks and white tents, weddings, birthdays ect.

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Address: Prospect Hall Rd, btwn Old Mill Way and Uitsig St | Durban North, Durban, South Africa
Phone Number: 563 1333
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban

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