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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 #67 of 310 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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Tampa, Florida
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227 reviews 227 reviews
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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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42 reviews 42 reviews
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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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Los Angeles, California
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Although not quite as authentic as the Japanese Gardens in the Huntington Library, the Los Angeles Japanese Garden is quite beautiful and breathtaking. Well worth the palty $3 admission fee ($2 for Seniors). The flowers, shrubs, and wildlife (birds, fish) provide a movie-like backdrop that makes you forget that you are still in the San Fernando Valley. Food is available... More 

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Northridge, Ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Pretty and peaceful it's a nice way to spend an afternoon though I wish there had been more gardens It cost three dollars to look around and they use reclaimed water. We didn't go check out the plant so I have no insight there. It was very pretty but I have seen better so I probably won't go back but... More 

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Salinas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

My husband and I came to the Japanese Garden in May when we were traveling in LA. It's such a beautiful place, with ponds, bamboo grove, flowers, geese and birds. Entrance fee is $5 each person, they have origami lesson, Japanese story telling, flower arrangement exhibit, and japanese fabric doll display, and other event for Mother's day weekend. I am... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We love Japanese Gardens and try to find them in many cities we visit. This one is really nice. We went after a visit to the Getty Center bc it is in the same general direction. There was a water conservation building right next to garden that took away from it somewhat, but it really is a nice garden and... More 

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LACitySAN, Marketing Manager - Bureau of Sanitation at The Japanese Garden, responded to this review

Thank you, Karen, for taking the time to visit us and to share your comments about your trip to The Japanese Garden. The building you noticed is a water treatment plant. The gardens are cared for with recycled water from our treatment plant - in fact, the treatment plant is the reason the gardens were built! You can read more... More 

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