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Jackson Park's Japanese Garden

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Wooded Island, Stony Island Neighbourhood, Chicago, IL
+1 312-742-7529
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May 31, 2017
“Garden of the Phoenix”
May 28, 2017
“A reminder of the 1893 World's Fair”
Wooded Island, Stony Island Neighbourhood, Chicago, IL
+1 312-742-7529
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Reviewed May 31, 2017

For anyone who loves Japan or history (or both), the Japanese Gardens are located where the Phoenix Pavilion was located at the 1893 World's Fair, just south of the Museum of Science and Industry. The original Pavilion was vandalized in the 1940's, causing the surrounding...More

Thank tbchick2011
Reviewed May 28, 2017

The Japanese garden on the Wooded Island just south of the Museum of Science and Industry is a living reminder of the great fair that once was this park. Today it is open to the public and maintained by the Chicago Park District, the Chicago-Osaka...More

Thank Rolf A
Reviewed September 20, 2015

I used to stop there to meditate, but it is closed now, and I can't find any information as to how long. It is so beautiful that when I could not enter, its memory still calmed me, and I revisited the Oriental Institute Museum nearby...More

4  Thank Emily O
Reviewed July 27, 2015

Osaka Gardens is a true hidden gem, just to the south of the Museum of Science and industry. On a nice day, you can enjoy a serene and very peaceful walk amongst the elegant Japanese garden foliage and decor. I am a native Chicagoan and...More

2  Thank Howard L
Reviewed April 16, 2015

Go only in late spring or summer to admire the flowers and the plants at their peak of blossom !its so calm and cool to spend a whole morning walking all around the very beautiful gardens!

3  Thank Aristeidis M
Reviewed September 1, 2014

As you enter the Osaka Gardens, there is a plaque that reads, "...designed to create a feeling of peace and tranquility..." It certainly does that, and it's hard to believe that you are in Chicago when you visit. The garden is small, but it is...More

2  Thank IlliniTrav
Reviewed July 1, 2014

This does not even come close to the Japanese Gardens in San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Not worth the time it takes to find the place.

3  Thank carlybaby1
Reviewed January 20, 2014

If you're visiting Hyde Park for any reason, do yourself a favor and walk or bike back to the beautiful Osaka Garden. This garden is steeped in history going back to 1893 and continues to be a source of inspiration for those that visit it....More

1  Thank nectar50
Reviewed November 4, 2013

Parked at La Rabida Hospital and biked over the Osaka. Bring a bike chain to lock up your bikes outside the gate. Amazed this place is in Chicago. I haven't met anyone else who has heard it is here. The atmosphere is relaxing, garden very...More

1  Thank Michelle T
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Who knew that this existed?! Lovely place for a stroll if you are in the Jackson Park area. Located behind the Museum of Science and Industry, it is a tranquil place and beautifully maintained. We loved this place that it was the setting of our...More

4  Thank TheMontalbans
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Response from Howard L | Reviewed this property |
The answer is a qualified yes. A sign says: Your pets are welcome if they remain leashed and you pick up after them.