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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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A little patch of Japanese culture in the middle of the valley

This is unlikely relaxation spot in the middle of the San Fernando Valley. It's worth one visit. If you are an artist or a creative person, it's a nice place to come and seek... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is unlikely relaxation spot in the middle of the San Fernando Valley. It's worth one visit. If you are an artist or a creative person, it's a nice place to come and seek inspiration.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Awesome place for kids and my 5 year old daughter loves this place. They have an amazing landscape and we even recommended this place for a wedding. It's a hidden gem and great for couples too. They are closed on Friday and Saturday, but surprisingly open on Sunday 10am -4pm; which makes it continent for a weekend visit when other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

It is always refreshing to visit a lovely garden especially is you live in a condo as we do. There is something joyful about lovely flowers, flowering trees, and water features. This garden is a great place to visit for a few hours to get away from city traffic, noise and crowds.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The grounds are beautiful, but small. The smell of the water took away from the experience. I really really wanted to love this place. I drove 1.5 hours from the Inland Empire and stayed about 45 munutes. There wasn't much to explore in the surrounding area other than Costco which is where we stopped to fuel-up and lunch.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

You may like at when u see it at the first time but u may not come back. It is very small and u can't do much. You are not allowed to do anything and the gift shop does't really have much in it

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

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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