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The Japanese Garden

Address: 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA 91406
Phone Number: +1 818-756-8166
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Ranked #91 of 696 things to do in Los Angeles
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Owner description: "Suiho En" (the garden of water and fragrance) is a 6.5 Acre authentic Japanese garden fashioned...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Owner description: "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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Atascadero, California
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Situated adjacent to a water reclamation plant, the gardens offer a respite from the noise and traffic of LA. It is peaceful and well designed around a pond with ducks, herons, and cranes. The tea house serves, yes, tea, provides a beautiful view onto the ponds. It's a favorite spot to kill time before flying out of Burbank or to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Make sure to bring a camera. The architecture/design are very nice. I actually liked the fragrance. I'm assuming it's some sort of scents flavored in the water. Anyway it was worth a visit. Not sure about going back tho. $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and child.

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

For me it was just okay, and I probably wouldn’t go back. For the garden itself, I just found that there wasn’t much variety in the plants or features. At least not as much variety as I’ve seen in other (even smaller) Japanese gardens across the US. And while I appreciate the environmental-friendless of using land in a sewage treatment... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I have tried over several years to visit the Japanese gardens and finally it was open after several failed attempts. It is a smallish garden but very nice. A nice way to spend an afternoon. The tea house is very relaxing to sit and enjoy some tea and biscuits.

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I have mixed feelings about this garden. It was built over/around a sewage treatment plant and water reclamation facility. The name in Japanese, Suiho En, seems somewhat cynical and tongue-in-cheeck (means "Garden of Water and Fragrance"). You can smell the slight fragrance of sewage treatment, but I didn't find it objectionable (may depend upon the wind direction and other factors).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Had a great experience here, so beautiful and peaceful.. Enjoyed the gift shop.. Great for kids! My son really enjoyed it here and did not want to leave.. They give you a booklet that educates you about each little stop.. We will definitely be returning.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Was in a wedding that took place in the garden. It was amazing! What a great place that really feels like Japan. Please visit and chill out here.

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Woodland Hills, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

Drive down Woodley Avenue between Burbank and Victory Blvd. and if you are looking there is a small sign that says Japanese Garden. As it is part of a water reclamation treatment plant you will have to show the police officer at the gate identification. Proceed to a parking lot and then a admissions stop where you will be asked... More 

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