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Shizen Japanese Garden

114 West Audubon Drive, Fresno, CA 93720
(559) 440-0825
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Ranked #4 of 21 attractions in Fresno
Type: Gardens
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Fresno
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is the kind of place you can go to and almost forget that you're in Fresno. Beautiful gardens, restful walks and amazing views all lend to the "Calgon take me away" quality of this place. The only downsides are the sound of the busy road outside, and having to pay to get into a place inside a place you've... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Great fun and lots of beauty all around! We love taking relaxing or romantic walks here. Great for families, couples, friends, or solo!

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I loved the walkways, bridge and the pond. However, I would like to see a Japanese tea house and gift shop. I believe the gardens could be self supporting and provide jobs for the community.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Inside of a huge city park, the Shizen garden is shady, quiet, calm. Not a place for a picnic...I'm not even sure they allow it...but for a stroll through bamboo, through ume groves, with the sounds of the waterfalls.........just lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Thesebgardens are so beautiful and green! The scenery is amazing from the greenery to the ponds full of koi fish. This place is so tranquil and peaceful. A camera is a must!

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Fresno, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

What more perfect place for a stroll in Fresno than the beautiful Shizen Japanese Gardens. The grounds are well kept and lush, with the refreshing sounds of water tumbling off of rocks into the pond filled with koi. Standing on the Japanese style bridge over the pond watching the fish is a delight, and also the perfect place for picture... More

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Fresno
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

The adjectives that come to mind for these gardens is peace, tranquility and serenity. The gardens are on a hillside overlooking the lake. The walkways are clean, wide and interspersed with shaded seating. There are many ponds filled with fish; there are waterfalls; and there is lush foliage. Bring a book, relax, and enjoy some tea! You might just luck... More

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Fresno, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

This is a beautiful place to visit. Spring is the best time when the azaleas and Camilla's are in bloom. Take the time to walk through all the gardens then just sit for a while. Don't forget your camera. Mid Fall would be a good time for color change. Watch for special events.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I am also a member of the Japanese Garden. It is a nice stroll through the garden and over the 1/2 moon shaped bridge. Benches to rest, a restroom. A fee to get into Woodward Park and another small fee to get in the garden. Only 50 cents for seniors.

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Redondo Beach, California
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

This garden is nice, but very small. Compared to other botanical gardens, we found this to be on the small side. So small, you wonder why they charge a fee to park and an entrance fee. At the time we went, parking was $5 and $3/person. Some of the waterfalls are pretty, but none are natural and the pump station... More

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