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The Japanese Garden

6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA 91406
+1 818-756-8166
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Ranked #47 of 369 attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Gardens
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... more » 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. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I love coming here on warm sunny days and breathing in the Japanese heritage although it is quit small its a great experience.I love watching the coi fish swim through the cool water as they sparkle,and how gracefully the bird fly and swim.We went there today and we drank tea in the little tea house and watched the plants as... More

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Woodland Hills, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Is your busy life taking toll on your health and well being? Stop by the Japanese Garden for a dose of quiet beauty. Pick a pleasent June day and come for the lotus blossoms. Enjoy the peaceful winding pathways and delightful bonsai trees all trimmed by hand and shaped to perfection. Pools and bird songs add to the surroundings. Come... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Second only in the Los Angeles area to the Japanese garden at the Huntington Library in San Marino, at least in our experience. Great place for a stroll, usually not crowded. The water is from the water treatment plant and the fragrance is a double entendre because of that. This is definitely a place to see if you enjoy Japanese... More

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Thank you, David, for your thoughtful review and for sharing your lovely photos. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope that you will return again soon! More

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Japanese Garden is the great place for a weekend trip. The admission fee is very cheap (3$, 24 for seniors). The garden is beautiful and quite. The garden is so green, make you feel like far away city. I especially like the bamboo. The location is pretty nice. If you have time, you also can visit Lake Balboa.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

This idyllic retreat in the heart of the San Fernando Valley is a wonderful place to bring visitors. It is a carefully manicured showcase that pays homage to the rock gardens, lotus ponds, tea houses, bridges, bonsai trees, and koi ponds of Japanese tradition.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This place is so beautiful. It's so strange how a place that is so green exists in the Valley where it's surrounded by brown mountains everywhere. There is so much greenery, ducks, waterfalls, bridges, and a cafe. Bring your student ID for a discount!

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

So unexpected to find such beauty in a reclamation area. 6.5 acres of Japanese gardens, giant trees (cedars I think) ponds, Japanese lanterns and a tea house. Just off the 405 freeway and only $3 admission with free parking. A great rest stop for and hour on the way between San Diego and Santa Barbara,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

What a find- a relaxing spot in the Balboa Park complex that you would miss if you didn't know it was there! This Japanese Garden in Van Nuys is very picturesque and relaxing! It is a wonderous use of an area of the water reclamation plant, and it is priced right for an entire family to enjoy! Make sure to... More

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Ventura, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

You would never expect to find such a wide expanse of green trees and open areas, let alone a true Japanese garden...just on the other side of the 101 freeway -smack dab in the middle of busy San Fernando valley! I went to see the magnificent lotus in bloom the other day and was transported by the calm. The garden... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

My orientation-I like Japanese Gardens in general. But as we entered this one, we were "blown away". It's very well manicured. We went on the first of May, and though not a lot was in bloom, the dry garden at the very beginning was just the start of a very impressive set of grounds - the rocks, stones, water, manicured... More

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