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“Beautiful” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden
6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA 91406
+1 818-756-8166
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Ranked #68 of 310 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Worth the visit but keep in mind that it's in the San Fernando Valley and it can get mighty hot in the Summer. Also it's closed on Fridays.

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San Francisco bay area, California
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“A Beautiful garden in a sewage treatment plant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

This sounds like a impossible task....build a beautiful peaceful garden in a sewage treatment plant. Yes, it does have a 'odor'....try for a breeze from the west! Lovely walking paths, migratory and clearly resident birds, fish, bunnies, and flowers. Last weekend it was late for the azaleas and early for the Chery blossoms...but still wonderful. Oddly...closed on Friday and Saturday. Nice exhibit of how the 'stuff' is processed and cleaned. Large lakes are filled with processed water...careful with kids! Cute gift shop, admission $3 for adults, $2 for seniors

Visited February 2013
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West Hollywood, CA 90069
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“Cherry Blossom Season is Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Very low admission, peaceful beautiful recreation of Japan by a Japanese landscaper and artist, almost feels like you are really in Japan

Visited April 2012
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Palmdale, California
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“I call her Goldilocks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Her name is Suiho-en, but I call her Goldilocks because she is Not too Big. Not too Small. She's Just Right.

Southern California is blessed with amazing gardens. Huntington Botanical Gardens, Getty Museum, LA Arboretum, Descanso Gardens, and more. Despite all that, I believe overall value, this is in the top 3 of my favorites. Not $15 bucks like other places which to me seems a bit pricey compared to the many, many, many other attractions in So Cal. Entrance fee is nominal, $3 bucks (I think) Hours and days open are limited. Only real downside I found.

Spent hours here. Took some great pictures here. Its not as overwhelming as the other gardens. One visit I spent almost 20 minutes watching a bird catch fish jumping from the lake Another visit was during an Origami Festival. Great teachers. Kids were just loving it. I was not the only one. Could go on.

It is not big. Not as elaborate. Other gardens will give you a workout. Japanese Gardens is simply pleasant. Worked in the Valley and never knew the Japanese Gardens was here. Had little expectations. When I got here, I just loved her.

She's beautiful. I let the picture speak for themselves.

Visited May 2012
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“Never Open”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

I have tried on several occasions to visit the Japanese gardens but it is always closed! It appears that they are only open during the week which is crazy if you ask me. Don't they want anyone to see their gardens?

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