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Durban North Japanese Gardens

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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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Ideal picnic spot

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2014
Suren P
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Durban, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa
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138 reviews 138 reviews
34 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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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6 attraction reviews
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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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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Johannesburg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Very relaxing, beautiful view , nature.. loots of chade and space , clean; good and best for family get away for pick nic . Braai area facility and very safe. Really nice place

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Durban
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Was once a really lovely oasis of calm and beauty in the suburb of Durban North. It is still pretty, but not nearly as lovely as it used to be. Vagrants frequent the lower portion of the park occasionally - so I wouldn't take my kids here. There is a small and basic play area near the entrance which is... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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69 reviews 69 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

It seems that the maintenance is lacking, in comparison with old days, a lot is neglected. ponds/ gardens/ ornamental pieces broken not painted., Also overun with monkey population, making picknicking a bad idea..

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