The Japanese Garden

by Carol Wolfe

If you have never been to The Japanese Garden in Van Nuys it is time to plan a day trip.  We live in such a diverse and wonderful area that it is sometimes easy to overlook the most amazing places even if they are practically in our own back yard.  This is one of those amazing places.

This 6 ½ acre authentic Japanese garden is open to the public Monday through Thursday from noon to 4pm and on Sundays from 10am to 3:30pm.  Visitors are not admitted after 3:15 pm as there would be insufficient time to stroll the grounds.  During the summer the gardens offer evening strolls on select Tuesdays and Thursdays.  They advise that you call before attending on any day to make sure that they are not closed for private events.

Direct from their website, “…fashioned after “stroll gardens” constructed during the 18th and 19th centuries for Japanese Feudal lords. Our facility is unique in that 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 result is a stunning afternoon get away that is peaceful, inspirational and energizing.  Overwhelming beauty, close proximity and amazingly low admission prices make this garden a must see.  Admission is a mere $3 for adults, $2 for Seniors over 62 and children under the age of ten.