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“Something nice in the valley!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden
Ranked #84 of 536 things to do in Los Angeles
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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.
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Something nice in the valley!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited September 2013
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Carlsbad, California
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“Beautiful and Relaxing”
5 of 5 bubbles 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,

Visited August 2013
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Los Angeles, CA
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“Lovely little oasis in the SFV”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 check out their website to ensure you visit during their operating hours to give yourself enough time to fully explore the grounds!

Visited October 2012
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Ventura, CA
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“A real 'Secret Garden' just off the freeway!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 is perfect for easy strolling through dry gardens with big and small rocks and artfully trained bonsai trees, then broad vistas of the water garden replete with real herons perched decoratively on high as they watch for the tasty little fishes. The path is lined with sinuously formed box hedge & tall bamboo swaying gracefully in the breeze & the beautiful lotus and waterlily pond is a lovely stop on your way to the teahouse for contemplative views back across the waters and wildlife. As you leave the gardens, you realize your stress level just went way, way down. Ahhhh!

Visited July 2013
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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“Quite a wonderful surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 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 and shaped bushes, the trees, the lanterns, the waterfall and streams, with revealed views as you proceed - all well designed. Be sure to pick up both the folded brochure and the "black" map if you're interested in some of the details. Entry was $3 for adults, $2 for seniors - a true bargain. This garden came about apparently because building a water reclamation plant needed a mitigation buffer next to the neighborhood, so without the plant - no garden, and without the garden - no plant, and thus a win-win condition came about. Enjoy

Visited May 2013
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