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The Japanese Garden

6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA 91406-6450
+1 818-756-8166
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A Gem Hidden in Plain Sight

Literally, in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, is this magnificent Japanese Garden featuring... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
springpa
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Los Angeles, California
The Japanese Garden

This garden opened up in 1984. It is a very fine example of a Zen Garden. Not many people know... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
wa6flr
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Los Angeles, California
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"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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6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA 91406-6450
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Literally, in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, is this magnificent Japanese Garden featuring water. plants, rocks, waterfalls.water lilies, bridges and so much more.It is a place for meditation and quiet reflection. The site is built on 6 and 1/2 acres. and is part...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This garden opened up in 1984. It is a very fine example of a Zen Garden. Not many people know about the garden and Water Reclamation Plant that supplies water to several places in the Sepulveda Basin. If you are looking for peace and serenity...More

1  Thank wa6flr
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I went for a little peace and quiet and found it. Restful and scenic with beautiful landscaping, hungry carp!, and serene water.

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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Pure loveliness- a half mile loop takes you through a very pretty and tranquil setting. Definitely an oasis in Los Angeles. Saw beautiful cranes and ducks, lovely plants and trees and a tea house in its simple glory. Perfect place for a little respite.

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Reviewed January 3, 2018

A gem of a surprise in this area and a mellow place to re-center yourself. Worth a visit if you enjoy nature, gardens, Japanese style of culture and can quiet the Monkey Mind.

1  Thank Thomas S
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Reviewed January 3, 2018 via mobile

We went during the winter and everything was dry, almost not flowers at all, we get that because of the season is not as beautiful as it could be in spring or summer but it should be a recommendation, we traveled more than an our...More

3  Thank Paula A
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Reviewed October 1, 2017 via mobile

I've lived in LA for many years and had never visited this garden on 6-1/2 acres before. Clean and lovely for strolling on winding paths. Lots of different birds. We stumbled on Tony one of the security guards and he was a wealth of information...More

1  Thank Nancy D
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Reviewed September 13, 2017

Too few shops and shadows. We went there with a pregnant friend, and I was forbidden to take pictures of her! We said that the photo session is not professional, not commercial, but the employee went behind us and forbade us to shoot. Very unpleasant

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Reviewed September 7, 2017 via mobile

Not expensive admission and free parking. I was expecting so much more. All greenery, no flowers. Very pretty layout and great water fowl. The plants should be marked so you know what you are viewing. There is an indoor exhibit but the volume on the...More

Thank Paula L
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Reviewed July 2, 2017 via mobile

This is the biggest Japanese garden I've ever been to. It's amazingly well kept. $5 admission and discounts for seniors and kids. The water lilies is my favorite section. I wish they had koi fishes otherwise it's definitely worth a peek.

Thank Huy D
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ckovach78
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Response from Syllyt01 | Reviewed this property |
I checked the website: Under rules and etiquette: "No animals are allowed in the Garden except for registered Service Animals"
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August 9, 2016|
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Response from Ambersea | Reviewed this property |
You won't need a translator. Just walk around and enjoy the garden.
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