Japanese Garden
Seiwa-en

"Garden of pure, clear harmony and peace"

Dedicated in 1977, our 14-acre Japanese Garden, one of the largest in North America, represents an evolution of centuries of tradition and a multiplicity of distinctly Japanese cultural influences.

Incorporating carefully designed plantings, waterfalls, beaches and islands, the Japanese Garden invites visitors to experience the thrill of personal interpretation and discovery in a serene landscape that's uniquely beautiful in every season.

The Garden in Bloom

Lotus

Learn more about the many plant collections on display throughout the Japanese Garden.

Flowering Cherries
Azaleas & Rhododendrons
Lotus
Peonies

Preserving the Garden

Zigzag bridge under construction

As part of the Garden's commitment to celebrate and protect its history, the Japanese Garden underwent the first of several repair and maintenance phases over the winter of 2014 to restore bridges and water systems.

View photos of the enhancements

The Story of Seiwa-en

Stone lantern in the Japanese Garden

Explore the history, symbolism and cultural significance behind the design of the Japanese Garden.

Creating the Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden, dedicated in 1977, was designed by the late Professor Koichi Kawana, a native of Japan and lecturer on environmental design and landscape architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles. Cherry blossoms

Rather than the typical garden filled with striking statuary, showy plants and flowers, the Japanese Garden is a monochromatic understatement, in which the viewer is permitted the thrill of personal interpretation and discovery. Such gardens, with a lake as their main feature, were popular among the Japanese feudal lords or daimyo of the 17th and 18th centuries. Because of the extensive lawn areas, they possess a feeling of openness unique to this style. The Japanese Garden also includes various garden styles that were developed by the Japanese in prior centuries.

Great care was taken with Seiwa-en to ensure that the Garden would be traditionally authentic, incorporating in its design many concepts that make a garden more than greenery. The visitor to Seiwa-en will see distinct aspects of its beauty when viewing it from different vantage points. It is a world in microcosm, featuring carefully designed waterfalls, beaches and islands, sometimes with minimal plantings, as in the raked dry gravel gardens.

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Japanese Garden 40th Anniversary

Help us celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Japanese Garden by sharing your images on Instagram with the tag #Happy40JG for a chance to win Japanese Festival tickets and have your photo displayed in our anniversary photo exhibition

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Japanese drummers perform at Japanese Festival

Japanese Festival
Labor Day Weekend
 
Celebrate the history, culture and people of Japan with three days of art, dance, food and entertainment at one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States.

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