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The Japanese Garden

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Address: 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA 91406
Phone Number: +1 818-756-8166
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Description: "Suiho En" (the garden of water and fragrance) is a 6.5 Acre authentic...
"Suiho En" (the garden of water and fragrance) is a 6.5 Acre authentic Japanese garden fashioned after "stroll gardens" constructed during the 18th and 19th centuries for Japanese feudal lords. Our facility is unique because it incorporates three classical designs: a dry karensansui, a wet garden with promenade chisen, and an authentic tea ceremony garden incorporating a 4.5 Tatami mat tea room. The Japanese Garden shares the address of the Tillman Reclamation plant with an entrance on the east side of Woodley Avenue in Van Nuys. Access to both the San Diego (405) and Ventura (101) freeways is close by and convenient and ample free parking adjacent to the entrance of the garden is provided for visitors. Admission to the Garden for docent-led or self-guided tours is $3.00 Per person, $2.00 For Seniors 62+ and Children under 10. Special Event admission may be higher. Enter via the gift shop. We are open for self-guided tours Monday-Thursday from 11:00AM-4:00PM, and Sunday from 10:00AM-4:00PM (the last gate entry each day is at 3:15PM). Informal tourist photography only. The Garden is closed to the public on Friday and Saturday and closed to the public if it rains within 24 hours of opening time or during open hours. Please call on the day you wish to visit to make sure the Garden is open. Groups of 15 or more: please call in advance so that we can staff accordingly. Please note that we are closed for holidays recognized by the City of Los Angeles.
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Peaceful and Beautiful

Part of the Sepulveda Basin Recreation area, I was pleasantly surprised by the calm beauty of this place. It was also a great example of water conservation. This is not a place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We went a few weeks ago to pass some time during the day and this is exactly what the Garden is for. Its too small to spend any more time than say, two hours - maximum. I thought it would be larger and was a bit disappointed. If you ignore the continual overhead noise from planes which are taking off... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Part of the Sepulveda Basin Recreation area, I was pleasantly surprised by the calm beauty of this place. It was also a great example of water conservation. This is not a place to go if you're looking for excitement but rather a place to go when you've exhausted your favorite spots in LA and are exhausted from seeing them. Also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

What a rather unknown treasure in the city of Los Angeles. The garden is beautiful, restful, inviting.peaceful. What a joy! There are several different gardens - strolling, flowers, lakes, wildlife, plus a teahouse. Fun to go on special days, with music or children's activities or when cherry blossoms are in bloom or in fall for the fall foliage. The garden... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I am so sad to say that i am so disappointed of this place. I really wanted to go there for a while and I finally did (today). I just don't understand why they can't make it more exciting and educational. The water smelled so bad that my kids were holding their noses all the time. There were ducks, geese... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The Japanese Garden in Van Nuys is open to the public for strolling. However, it is much better to take a docent led tour on weekday mornings. You can understand the elements of the garden. You can also see the water reclamation facility that treats all the sewage from the San Fernando Valley. The garden is watered from this facility.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Looking for the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve and happened onto a lovely Japanese Garden instead. Spent two beautiful hours there taking pictures of many water lilies, Green Herons, Canadian Geese, doves, bamboo, etc... If you need a little bit of a respite in an otherwise busy day, a visit to this Japanese Garden is just the ticket. If you like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I am hesitant to share this treasure and have it go from a quiet oasis in Los Angeles to a tourist-packed chaos. This is a much larger than the usual Japanese Garden as it is part of an L.A. water reclamation plant and it borders on a bird sanctuary. You never know who will fly by or stop in. Please... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

It is difficult to find their hours on their website --- look under "Contact Us" or call the phone #. Note that they aren't open Fri-Sat. Modest admission fee (and free to members of any American Horticulture Society member garden if you have the appropriate membership card). We were lucky to see water lilies and a few cherry blossoms (there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I have an affinity for the meditative nature of a well manicured, peaceful park. The Japanese Gardens in Van Nuys is just such a place. The Sepulveda Basin is driven through by thousands every day. The 101 and 405 take traffic by the tens of thousands daily, and the Gardens sit peacefully amid the frantic pace of Los Angeles. For... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I don't know how to describe calmness and peace I felt when I visited Japanese Garden. Such a great work and detailed art. I love Japanese culture and this is amazing place to feel, to see and to be lil part of Japanese Culture. Amazing place for family, friends or couples.

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Address: Address: 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA 91406
Phone Number: +1 818-756-8166
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles

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