17 Best Japanese Gardens In The US To Visit

17 Best Japanese Gardens In The US To Visit

06 June 2024Jon Ng

We curated a list of Japanese gardens in the US where you can sit in nature's lap and enjoy your day!

Wanna see a reflection of heaven on the earth?

Then visit a Japanese garden that provides delight to the eye and can soothe your soul. You will find yourself wandering over beautiful bridges, basking under charming cherry blossom trees, sipping on a cup of green tea while looking at the tranquil lake.

Many people plan a trip all the way to Japan to take a glimpse of these traditional gardens.

But, thanks to their international popularity, now you can find some of the best Japanese gardens in the US.

So, if you want to heal your soul with heavenly beauty, stay tuned till the end.

Top Breathtaking Japanese Gardens in America: Place to Find Peace

There are more than 200 Japanese gardens in the United States. These are designed to capture your heart within a second with their mystical landscape.

Some of them have a traditional structure like a tatami-floored tea pavilion and koi fish ponds.

As it’s impossible for you to visit the vast number of gardens, I have prepared a list of the best Japanese gardens in the US.

Now, let’s start exploring one by one.

Como Park Conservatory, St. Paul, MN

The Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden at the Como Park Conservatory is a living emblem of Saint Paul's peace and friendship with its sister city Nagasaki, Japan.

Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden

The garden, which is infused with real Japanese design, opened in 1979 and continues to offer a little bit of a Japanese conservatory right here in the midst of frigid Minnesota.

From May through September, the Japanese Garden is open. Although admission is free, donations are welcome.

Address: 1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103

The Nishinomiya Garden, Spokane, WA

The Japanese Garden at Manito Park, finished in 1974, was planned to beautifully revolve around a Koi pond.

A cobblestone path leads you to classic bonsai-style trees and Japanese sculptures, which are well complemented by the sound of running water. 


San Mateo Japanese garden, San Mateo, CA

The Japanese Tea Garden, built by landscape architect Nagao Sakurai of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo, is regarded as one of the greatest tea gardens in California. There is a granite pagoda, a tea house, a koi pond, and a bamboo grove. 

The Japanese Tea Garden is magnificent all year, but it's especially lovely in late winter and early spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. It's in San Mateo, just outside of San Francisco. 

During the Spring and Summer, Koi Feedings are held at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (fish are not fed during public hours from November – February). 

Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon

When I first visited this garden, I was left speechless!

I never thought of finding such an authentic Japanese-style botanical garden outside of our country Japan.

It was designed in 1963 on the grounds of a former zoo. The 12-acre region contains eight unique styled sections which allow the visitors to experience all the aspects of Japanese garden architecture.

Portland Japanese garden architecture

After you reach the top of the hill, you will enter the Cultural Village outlined by world-famous architect Kengo Kuma. Here you can enjoy traditional Japanese arts through seasonal performances, activities, and demonstrations in the courtyard of Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation.

Then you may visit the Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center to immerse yourself with the delicate sounds of Koto (Japanese harp) or Shakuhachi flute.

You can also experience Japanese kimono, learn about tea making, and the art of flower arranging.

Calm environment in Portland Japanese garden

A stroll through the garden will let you see eye-catching scenery and a tranquil pond. You will feel like being lost in nature. The serene wind and calm environment will make all your tiredness of city life disappear.

To refresh yourself, you may drop by Umami Cafe in the garden. Just sip on the world-class Japanese tea with some traditional gracious and delicious edible delights.

Umami Cafe in Portland Japanese garden

Now, how about taking the garden’s art and culture at home!?

Well, in that case, you should go to the Gift Shop which is situated in the Cultural Village. There you will find a mix of exceptional items from Japan, including numerous items available nowhere else in the US.

In short, if you are in Portland, don’t miss visiting this famous Japanese garden at any cost. I assure you that you are gonna cherish each moment here.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: About $18.95 (adult), $16.25 (Age 65+), $15.25 (for student with ID), $13.50 (Age 6-17), Free (child under 5).
Open During: Wednesday to Monday (Closed Tuesday).
Visiting Hours: Roam until 4:30 (last admission time is 3:30).
Official Website: japanesegarden.org
Address: 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205.

Seattle Japanese Garden, Washington

A green treasure in the heart of Seattle!

Yes. With winding paths and benches, this garden is a gem located on top of Capitol Hill at the southeaster side of Washington Park.

Seattle Japanese Garden in Washington

You can enjoy views of water lanterns, bridges, plants, animals, buildings, and stones.

Open since June 1960, this Zen garden in Seattle is one of the highly praised Japanese-style parks in the USA.


A Zen garden is also renowned as a Japanese rock garden, consists of natural elements such as rock, sand, wood, etc.

This 3.5-acre orchard features a style that was developed in the late 16th to early 17th centuries called stroll gardens.

Landscape of Seattle stroll garden

Prominent landscape designer Juki Iida planned this garden with the concept of “essence of nature” in mind. He used Japanese plant materials and Pacific Northwest native trees that have spread out gracefully over time.

He even chooses a vast number of granite rocks to set up near the waterfall. With the change of season, each element of this beautiful zen garden provides new colors, shapes, and fragrances.

Autumn colors in Seattle garden

To get an authentic vibe, you may drop by Seattle’s Japanese tea house named Shoseian Teahouse. The surrounding nature will keep your eyes delightful while enjoying the tea ceremony.

If you plan to visit this park with your child, don’t forget to take them to the pond. The colorful fish gather near the bridge, and your kid will definitely love their appearance.

Koi pond of seattle garden

It’s also a captivating place to spend a weekend with family, friends, or even your partner.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: $8 (Age 18-64), $4 (Age 65+), $4 (Youth 6-17), Free (child under 5).
Open During: March to November (Tuesday through Sunday).
Visiting Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM (March, October), 10 AM to 6 PM (April, September), 10 AM to 7 PM (May through August), 10 AM to 4 PM (November).
Closed: December to February (for winter maintenance).
Official Website: seattlejapanesegarden.org
Address: 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle, WA 98112.

The Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

This orchard is one of the best Japanese gardens in California and a popular tourist attraction too.

Japanese tea garden in San Francisco

It features an arched drum bridge, stone lanterns, pagodas, stepping stone paths, serene koi ponds, native Japanese plants, and a zen garden.

The best time to visit this garden is during March and April when the flowering cherry trees are adorned with peak beauty.

Japanese tea garden during cherry blossom season

By the way, there is a long story behind the establishment of this park.

Originally, it was developed as a “Japanese Village” exhibit for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition.

After the fair ended, Makoto Hagiwara (Japanese landscape architect) and John McLaren (superintendent) made an agreement, allowing Mr. Hagiwara to maintain a permanent Japanese-style garden as a gift for future generations.

He became the caretaker of this property and poured his personal wealth, talents, and passion into perfecting the garden. He expanded it to about 5 acres and lived with his family there.

5-acres Japanese tea garden

However, in 1942, they were forced to evacuate home and move into an internment camp. Even when the war was over, Hagiwara’s family was not permitted to return their home to the tea garden.

After that, many renovations were made, and then people of America started to visit this place to find peace in city life.

If you go there, don’t forget to stop by the tea house and try the fortune cookies. You will find a paper tucked inside the cookie that has a short message.

Try to open one and see what’s in your destiny!!

Although it’s just a myth, I always find it exciting to open a fortune cookie cause you never know what’s written inside.

Gift shop inside Japase tea garden
Image Credit: japaneseteagardensf.com

Anyway, there’s a gift shop nestled on the terrace level of the Tea House where you can purchase tea sets, glazed ceramic bowls, vases, a variety of green teas, kokeshi & daruma dolls, Maneki Neko figurines, and children’s collectibles.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee for General People: $10 (Adults), $7 (Age 65+), $7 (Age 12-17), $3 (Age 5-11), Free (under 5).
Admission Fee for San Fransisco Residents: $7 (Adult), $4 (Age 65+), $4 (Age 12-17), $3 (Age 5-11), Free (under 5).
Open During: Every day.
Visiting Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:45 PM (in summer), 9:00 AM – 4:45 PM (in winter).
Official Website: japaneseteagardensf.com
Address: 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118.

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Philadelphia

Shofuso, also known as “Pine Breeze Villa,” is the name of the 17th century-style Japanese house that nestles within the gardens. It was created in Nagoya utilizing traditional materials and exhibited for the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in 1953.

In 1957, it was brought to Philadelphia to replace a temple gate that burned down in 1955.

Classified as one of the best Japanese gardens in the world outside Japan, it acts as a live museum where you can view the koi pond, stroll around the courtyard, and chill out in the tea garden.

Shofuso Japanese House
Image Credit: japanphilly.org/shofuso/

They also arrange tea ceremony demonstrations monthly from April to October, allowing small groups (generally not more than 25) to participate. Taking part in it will give you a different cultural experience you never had before.

At the end of the ceremony, you will receive a bowl of matcha and a traditional seasonal dessert.

By the way, the house also functions as an art gallery where you can see nihonga-style paintings on the building’s fusuma or sliding screens.

Visiting here is going to make you feel like you are in Japan instead of America. So, if you want to refresh yourself by viewing a historic site, look forward to nothing but this natural park.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: $12 (Adult), $8 (Senior citizens), $8 (Age 5-17), $8 (Students with College Id), $2 (ACCESS Cardholders with photo ID), Free (Age under 5), Free (Active military member with ID), Free (Philadelphia High School students with ID).
Visiting Hours: March 20 to October 31 (Wednesday to Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM), November 6 to December 12 (Saturday & Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM).
Official Website: japanphilly.org/shofuso/
Located in: West Fairmount Park.
Address: Lansdowne Dr &, Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131.

Japanese Garden at Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

If you see a lot of colors, it’s the time when nature is smiling!

So, what do you think? Do you want to witness a blooming nature in St. Louis?

Then go to the Japanese-style orchard situated in Missouri Botanical Garden. During spring, you will be mesmerized by the display of cherry blossoms all over the park.

There are over 40 specimens of Yoshino cherry trees throughout the garden. The most dramatic ornamental cherry tree is the weeping Higan cherry that can create an eye-catching view of pink flowers.

Also, you will be able to see Sargent cherry blossom, which can grow widely, creating a breathtaking vista.

Apart from that, you can catch a dazzling view of the Azaleas and Rhododendrons next to the walking paths.

In a word, this garden is a heaven of blooming colors with various types of flowers where you will feel like entering a picturesque world.

Moreover, this 14-acre Seiwa-en Japanese Garden also features four different islands: Tortoise Island, Crane Island, Paradise Island, and Nakajima (Teahouse Island).

You can enjoy the panorama of the sparkling carp-filled lake, lovely maple trees, stone lanterns, and traditional bridges.

What I like the most about this orchard is the waterfall. The burbling sound really took away all of my tiredness.

Just close your eyes and hear the streaming sound; I assure you that your mind will be calmed in a moment.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee for General People: $14 (Age 13+), Free (Age 13 or under).
Admission Fee for St. Louis City Residents: $6 (Age 13 to 64), $4 (Age 65+).
Open During: Tuesday to Sunday.
Visiting Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM (last entry 4:30 PM).
Official Website: Check this page of the Missouri botanical garden.
Address: 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110.

Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, New York

It is one of the oldest and most-visited Japanese-type gardens outside Japan. You will find artificial hills outlined around a pond, a waterfall, and an island with thoughtfully placed rocks.

Besides these, there are many other architectural elements such as wooden bridges, an observation pavilion, stone lanterns, a dramatic vermilion-colored wooden torii, and a Shinto shrine.

When I visited this garden, I was thoroughly enchanted by its visuals. Also, it’s really rare to see a torii gate in America.

In case you never saw the famous floating torii gate in Miyajima island, then you can get to see an almost similar framework here.

By the way, this garden is located inside the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which is considered one of the largest gardens (52-acres). Hence, you can stroll the other space around too.

I will say that if you are looking for a fantastic Japanese garden nearby New York City, stopping by this park is a must for you.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: $18 (Adults), $12 (Age 65+), $12 (Age 12+ students with ID), Free (Children under 12).
Admission Fee in Winter Weekdays (December to February): Pay what you wish.
Open During: Tuesday to Sunday.
Visiting Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (last entry 4:00 PM).
Closed During: Mondays (But open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day).
Official Website: bbg.org/collections/gardens/japanese_garden
Address: 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225.

SuihoEn Japanese Garden, California

Personally, I love the interior of SuihoEn Japanese Garden. And, I think my words will fall short in describing the loveliness of this garden.

Here you will find a dry Zen garden that contains Tortoise Island, a wisteria arbor at the end of the Plover Path, and a three-Buddha arrangement of stones.

Next to the path, there is a wet-strolling garden with waterfalls, lakes, abundant greenery, and stone lanterns hand-carved by Japanese artists.

The waterfalls have three levels symbolizing Heaven, Man, and Earth. The water garden looks magnificent in summer when lotus and water lilies flourish.

Well, as I particularly mentioned about the summer season, don’t even think that the other seasons are lacking in any way.

Just like most Japanese gardens, it has been designed to offer seasonal beauty like vibrant fall foliage and spring blooms.

After strolling halfway through the reserve, you will find Shoin Building with a tatami-mat teahouse and tea garden.

There you can spend some relaxing time as well as enjoy the marvelous view of the garden.

In short, if you live in California or came here for personal purposes, don’t miss this place at any cost. You are gonna fall in love with the atmosphere the very moment you enter this heavenly preserve.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: This place requires advance reservation, so please visit their site.
Open During: Monday to Thursday.
Visiting Hours: 10:00 AM to 3:30 AM.
Official Website: thejapanesegarden.com
Address: 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406.

Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL

Anderson Gardens is a phenomenal place in Rockford, Illinois, where you can step into the picturesque scenes of a classical Japanese Garden.

After exploring the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon, John Anderson was fascinated by the beauty and decided to construct a similar garden in 1978.

He even brought the main architect Hoichi Kurisu to build his own personal garden. But in 1998, John and Linda Anderson donated the garden as a supportive organization to the Rockford Rotary Charitable Association.

Now, this 12-acre Japanese Garden is a location with colorful plants, lanterns, stone sculptures, elegant bridges, pretty waterfalls, and lakes full of koi carps.

Although this place looks spectacular all year round, I like the autumn look the most. It’s because the colorful leaves and blooming flowers take the beauty of this botanical garden to the next level.

Therefore, I recommend you visit during late September or October to give your eye a sensational treat.

Ohh, I forgot to tell you that there is a sukiya-style tea house and a guest house here where you can take rest.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: $11 (Adults), $10 (Age 62+), $9 (Students & Military), Free (Age five and under).
Open During: May 1st to October 31.
Visiting Hours: Saturday & Sunday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM), Monday to Friday (9:00 AM to 6:00 PM).
Official Website: andersongardens.org
Address: 318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, Illinois 61107.

Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix Arizona

Japanese Garden of Phoenix Arizona (a.k.a Ro Ho En) is a joint project between Phoenix and its Japanese sister city of Himeji to honor the friendship between the two cities.

All of the decorative features that you will witness in this botanical garden required hundreds of hours to design, and the citizens of Himeji gifted many elements.

As Arizona is often associated with deserts, many people don’t even know that there is such a tranquil green space right in its capital Phoenix.

However, now that you came across to know about it, not visiting the garden would be an unwise decision.

The orchard holds several educational and cultural events, such as a regular tea ceremony, Children’s Day in April, and Otsukimi Full Moonviewing Festival in October.

Also, you can sign up for Ikebana flower arranging and Japanese cultural classes.

In case you are looking for a location to meditate and relax, visit this park to restore the serenity of your body, mind, and spirit.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: $10 (Adults), $8 (Seniors), $7 (Students, Military, and Age 6-17), Free (Age 0-6).
Open During: Tuesday to Sunday.
Visiting Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (last entry 3:30 PM).
Official Website: japanesefriendshipgarden.org
Address: 1125 N. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003.

Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden, Chicago

Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden is situated inside the Chicago Botanic Garden. It contains three islands, but only two are open for the public: Sifuto (Island of clear, pure breezes), and Keiunto (Island of the auspicious cloud).

The inaccessible island Horaijima is symbolic of heaven, which is visible but feels elusive.

You will see half-buried moss-covered rocks, curving paths, beautiful pine trees, stunning arrays of flowers, grassy hills, and woods.

As the garden is open throughout the year, you can visit whenever you want and enjoy the changing colors of each season.

The highlight is the traditional Japanese lantern named Ikekomi, which is buried in the ground and is surrounded by water.

When you visit this garden, you may follow a walking tour plan provided on their site. It will take approximately 25-35 minutes to stroll the whole place. By following their tour plan, you won’t miss out on anything.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: Varies according to dates.
Open During: Every day.
Visiting Hours: Click here to know as their time varies from time to time.
Official Website: chicagobotanic.org/elizabeth_hubert_malott_japanese_garden
Address: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022.

The Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island

The Japanese Garden inside Bainbridge Island’s Bloedel Reserve is enriched with vivid scenes of the forest and Puget Sound in the distance.

With 150 acres and 23 different landscapes to explore, it’s a place where you can lose yourself in nature. The exotic plants, trees, and wildlife will make you feel like walking in the woods.

Vice-chairman of a lumber company created the reserve to design a western display of Asian philosophies of serenity and subtlety.

The Japanese garden is a small site within the large Bloedel Reserve, which offers various styles, from forest paths to reflection pools. It is made with sand and rock with bonsai trees and strolling paths alongside the pond.

Plan a day trip if you want to wander around the whole reserve steadily. You may take some instagrammable photos and spend quality time close to nature.

Be sure that your visit to this garden will be worth every moment and you are gonna cherish it for a long time.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: $20 (Adults), $15 (Age 65+ and military with ID), $10 (students age 13-18), $5 (Age 5-12), Free (children age 4 or under).
Open During: Tuesday to Sunday.
Visiting Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Official Website: bloedelreserve.org
Address: 7571 NE Dolphin Dr, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

The Japanese Garden within Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Texas

Nestled within the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, this 7.5-acre Japanese-themed orchard was built in 1970. Fort Worth's sister city, Nagaoka, Japan, gave many of its construction materials and plants.

Here you will find a gorgeous meditation garden, a pagoda, a moon-viewing deck, and fish food dispensers to feed the koi fishes in the garden’s lakes.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Many events are held here, such as Spring Festival and Fall Festival, showcasing Japanese art and culture.

You may attend the festivals to get  a unique cultural experience.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: $12 (Age 16-64), $10 (Age 65+), $6 (Age 6-15), Free (Age 0-5).
Open During: Seven days a week except for Holidays.
Visiting Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (last entry 4:00 PM).
Official Website: Click here to see the Japanese garden.
Address: 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.

The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, Michigan

This Japanese-inspired garden is located inside Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. And it was constructed in 2015.

The focal point is the authentic Japanese teahouse, which Japan’s skilled craftsmen created, then eventually reassembled in Michigan.

Another impressive feature is the Zen-style Garden that lets visitors relax and contemplate.

waterfall in Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden
Image Credit: meijergardens.org/explore/waterfalls/

Other highlights of this garden are waterfalls, Long Island Buddha, Japanese maples, cherry blossom trees, Serviceberry, and an untitled sculpture by Anish Kapoor.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: $18 (Age 14-64), $13.50 (Age 65 and older), $13.50 (Students with ID), $8.50 (Age 3-13), Free (Age 2 and younger).
Open During: Every day.
Visiting Hours: Sunday (11:00 AM to 5:00 PM), Tuesday (9:00 AM to 9:00 PM), Monday & Wednesday – Saturday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM).
Official Website: meijergardens.org/attractions/japanese-garden/
Address: 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

Mytoi Japanese Garden, Massachusetts

Mytoi is an intimate Japanese-themed garden flourished with both native flora and exotic plants.

The preserve has a small pond and island habitat for frogs, turtles, and goldfish. There are also non-native and native flowers and a trail leading to Poucha Pond and the salt marsh.

If you go to Chappaquiddick Island, then you should definitely consider dropping by the Mytoi Garden. To get there, you need to take a small ferry.

Mytoi Japanese Garden
Image Credit: thetrustees.org/place/mytoi/

By the way, the orchard is attractive all year round. The rhododendrons are in peak bloom during June, and the greenery looks outstanding in October.

And in December, the Trustees present a magical lighted trail for Christmas in Edgartown.

Therefore, no matter when you visit this place, you will be presented with the unparalleled beauty of nature. 

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: $5.
Open During: Every day.
Visiting Hours: Usually from sunrise to sunset.
Website: Visit this site for information.
Contact: (508) 627-7689
Address: 41 Dike Rd, Edgartown, MA 02539.

Morikami Museum And Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach

After opening in 1977, this lovely 200-acre garden has been promoting Japanese culture by hosting several events throughout the year. It hosts different Japanese festivals and tea ceremonies.

You will also find over 7000 pieces of art and artifacts. The reserve contains a bonsai garden, two museum buildings, a gift shop, and a Cornell Cafe restaurant.

Morikami Japanese gardens

It has six unique gardens that are inspired by Japanese culture.

Strolling through the pine forest, you will always be engaged with the beauty of rock formations, plant arrangements, cascading waterfalls, and serene lakes.

Each of the orchards is praiseworthy because of their different elegance. So, if you go there, try to wander around each one to experience diverse aspects of Japanese culture.

Waterfalls in Morikami Japanese garden

When you finish exploring the gardens, make your way to the museum. It offers rotating schedules of exhibitions and programs.

On Saturdays, you can witness a Japanese tea ceremony at Seishin-an teahouse. And you can end your day by enjoying a meal on the open-air terrace of Cornell Cafe.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: $15 (Age 18+), $13 (Age 65+, Military with ID), $11 (College students with ID), $9 (Age 6-17), Free (Children 5 and under).
Open During: Tuesday to Sunday.
Visiting Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Website: morikami.org
Address: 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach, FL 33446.

Japanese Garden in Atlanta Botanical Garden, Georgia

Imagine yourself walking down the aisle encircled by an evergreen Japanese garden.

For me, a marriage event in a natural environment has something magical and fresh aura.

So, if you are an enthusiast of Japanese-style gardens and want to get married in such surroundings, then you may consider this one. You can rent the space for an intimate ceremony.

Besides, this charming place is a great escape from the hustle-bustle of life. The preserve has many elements to offer, such as hill-and-pond, courtyard, and tea gardens.

You will see a chozubachi stone basin on the ground, which is used as a purification ritual before a tea ceremony. The Moon Gate gives a phenomenal vista over the park.

There are spring-blooming azaleas & irises, and maples that change color during fall. Just outside the gate, there is a collection of rare harp-string Nandina and bamboo famous in Japan from the 1600s to 1800s.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: Visit this link for details.
Open During: Tuesday to Sunday.
Visiting Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (last admission 5:00 PM).
Website: atlantabg.org/map-location/japanese-garden/
Address: 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, Springfield

The 7.5-acre Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden was established in 1985 and is one of the oldest attractions at the Springfield Botanical Gardens.

It has a large pond full of koi carps, a tea house, a moon bridge, and a contemplation garden.

You may follow the path to explore all the scenes, and don’t forget to drop by the elegant moon bridge.

Check The Necessary Information
Admission Fee: $4 (Adults), $2 (Age 3-12), Free (Age 2 and under).
Open During: April to October (daily).
Visiting Hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (April – September), 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (October).
Website: parkboard.org/mizumoto
Address: 2400 S. Scenic Ave, 65807 Springfield, Missouri.


After going through the 17 best Japanese gardens in the US, which one impressed you the most?

Hmm, I think it’s kinda hard to answer this question because each of them is truly incredible.

As you can’t visit all of them, you may choose the one that’s nearby your living location.

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