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Address: 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA 91406
Phone Number: +1 818-756-8166
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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Wonderful garden plus the water treatment facility

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
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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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Los Angeles, California, United States
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9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Brooklyn, New York
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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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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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9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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