Japanese Gardens are a tranquil, peaceful space to visit. There are several in the Los Angeles area, and each garden is a unique experience. The Japanese Garden in Woodland Hills, for instance, features a pond, tea houses, and a variety of plants.
This 1.3-acre garden is modeled after the traditional Japanese garden. It is located inside the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Located on the grounds is a pond filled with Koi fish.
A stone walking path leads visitors through the garden. Patterns in the gravel and rock formations are used to symbolize space and water. If you visit during the month of October, you may enjoy the fall moon-viewing nights.
Visitors can also see a large collection of bonsai trees. There are hundreds of trees in the collection. These are arranged in five different styles. They include the chisen kaiyu shiki, the ken-yuki, and the zen court. In addition, there are five varieties of Pacific Northwest native vine maples and camellias.
The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is one of the oldest in the country. It is a private estate garden that is open to the public on weekends. The garden was restored by Dr. Takeo Uesugi, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in February 2005.
The Japanese Garden in Woodland Hills was designed to be enjoyed throughout four seasons. During the spring, the koi fish and azaleas bloom. Throughout the summer, the garden is full of flowers. And, during the autumn, the shishi-odoshi, or scare the deer, scares critters away from eating crops.
When you go to the Japanese Garden in Woodland Hills, you will be treated to an enchanted landscape that is perfect for a relaxing break from the city. You can even take a free shuttle to the garden. At the information window, you can purchase food and beverages, as well as a map of the garden. However, you must adhere to approved paths and do not touch the koi. To make an appointment to visit the garden, click here.
While the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden was designed for a specific aristocratic Pasadena couple, most of the Japanese gardens in the area are open to the public. Most of them share traditional teahouses.
The Japanese Garden in Woodland Hills is on the list of the top 10 public Japanese gardens in the United States, according to the Journal of Japanese Gardening. The garden was created from 1980 to 1983. Since then, it has been renovated and is currently undergoing renovations. Tickets are available online, and guided tours are included with admission.
Another great place to visit is the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Here, you can have an hour-long walk through the beautiful garden. Guests must wear face coverings to enter the gardens, but they will have access to the tea pavilion and hand-sanitizing stations. Guests can also participate in a virtual origami class. Be sure to check the website for special events and changes in hours.