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Beautiful Oasis in the City

LA has many hidden gems. This is one of them! This serene tranquil Japanese Garden is ideal for a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Barry R
New York City, New York
A lovely respite from the business of LA.

The landscaping is pristine and even in the summer it was comfortable. A nice place to get a way... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mesa, AZ
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“water lilies”(8 reviews)
“van nuys”(6 reviews)
"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...more
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6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA 91406-6450
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Reviewed 2 days ago

LA has many hidden gems. This is one of them! This serene tranquil Japanese Garden is ideal for a long walk, a place of solitude, a place for thinking, and a place to reconnect with mother nature and yourself. Just a few minutes off the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Barry R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The landscaping is pristine and even in the summer it was comfortable. A nice place to get a way and enjoy some peace and quiet.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank sdeziel
Reviewed December 19, 2018 via mobile

Its a stunning place even during the winter time. It was very peaceful. A lot of picture opportunities. We had our 1 year old with us and she did great. Its stroller friendly. Stupid we had to pay for her usually kids up to three...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mismojorisin
Reviewed December 12, 2018

I have lived in the San Fernando Velley for more than ten years and only now discovered the stunning Japanese Garden. It comprises more than six acres of perfectly designed paths along peaceful waterways or "The Water Garden" which has spectacular lotus patches (dormant in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lollydepaulo
Reviewed November 9, 2018

My son and I visited here as a bucket ist item because a friend of mine worked here and kept telling me I needed too. What a cool place. Unfortunately, y friend died before I got a chance to tell him how greatful I was...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank TaxLady0052
Reviewed October 1, 2018

Beautiful park and lovely photo opportunities. The only drawback is some places have a bad odor. Otherwise very zen like and actually very peaceful with butterflies and waterfalls

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank meena452
Reviewed September 29, 2018

I spent a warm afternoon walking around the "lake". Taking my time for each of my photos. At first I was disappointed to to see such huge concrete building in the middle of the garden - it kind of takes you out of the tranquility....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank L P
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful park. It is pretty small but very peaceful. You can go and relax. There are different kind of plants and trees from the Japanese culture. I will recommend to go there if you like Nature.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank anthogx
Reviewed June 7, 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank springpa
Reviewed June 7, 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
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February 28, 2017|
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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One day in Portland, ideas please (22 Replies)
My husband and I will be in Portland for 1 day arriving aroud 10am and leaving from the airport about 10:30pm. We will have a car for the day. From what I have read, we would like to check out The Rose Garden in Washington park as well as the Japanese Garden. Also Waterfront park and the Chinese gardens. Would it be possible to see these attractions in one day and if so, what would be the best order for seeing them; possibly making our way to the airport as the day goes on. Would we have time...More
May 07, 2008|
Response fromPDXWindJammer|
Will you actually be in dwotown Portland at 10:00 a.m? Your flight leaves at 10:30? That is a fair amount of time to see much of what you want to see. What day of the week and time of the year will you be here? The Japanese Garden and Rose Garden are right near each other and you could spend minimal time there or several hours between the two. I would recommend 1 hour minimum for the JG and a minimum of 1/2 hour to stroll through the Rose Garden. There is parking between the two but on a...More
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Balboa Park Museums Ranked (11 Replies)
Hello, We are a group of 7 adults....2 parents and 5 adult children with their significant others. We are looking to spend about 3 or 4 hours in Balboa Park. Looking for a snapshot of the park. Is there a website of the rankings of the museums?. Thinking of visiting the Japanese Garden, Prado for lunch and 2 museums. Any thoughts on museums or gardens that are "must see"?
August 20, 2018|
Response fromscottca075|
>>> Is there a website of the rankings of the museums?<<< A ranking? I think rankings would depend on interests. Someone interested in science would rank them different from someone interested in art. For example, the Japanese Garden doesn't interest me at all and I love the Botanical Building and Marston House Gardens. What interests you normally?
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The Japanese Garden or Ripleys BON! /Hollywood Musem? (6 Replies)
Hello All, Ill be in LA next month and had a bit of free time in between other things I have planned, wanted to know what your thoughts were on going to either The Japanese Garden in Van Nuys or Ripleys Believe or Not and the Hollywood Museum? Only have time for one and wanted to know which is best, I know they are contrasting styles for attractions but I can't decide, any help is appreciated! Thanks!
June 23, 2013|
Response fromElleBe_LA|
You're the only one who can answer that question, based on your own interests. They are very different - one is a serene garden, the other a kitsch tourist attraction.