The Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden, St. Mawgan: Address, Phone Number, The Japanese Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

The Japanese Garden
4.5
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EAST MEETS WEST The Japanese Garden in Cornwall combines the beauty of nature with an artistic refinement using shaping & styling of plants & natural elements. It is a place of tranquillity with a variety of plants and water features, where visitors can enjoy the wonder of nature in a peaceful, relaxing space. We are open from 10am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Last entrance to the Japanese Garden 5pm. Admission prices: Adults £5.00, Child £2.50, Concessions £4.50. SEASONAL OPENING TIMES: We are open from the 1st March to the 31st October Shop & plant areas are admission free. This year we will be offering Season Tickets. Garden size: 1 acre approx Wheelchair friendly: Yes, 90% + (gravel paths) Toilets: None on site. Public toilet facilities approximately 20 meters from car park entrance. There is a variety of trees & plants growing in the garden; some planted 30 years ago & others that have been growing for easily a hundred years. Please see our website for more information & photos.
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Kim E
Cornwall, UK14 contributions
A bright light on a dull, damp day
Oct 2020
My husband and I visited here as I love gardens, especially those with Acers in them. It is a small garden but there is plenty to see. The Acers did not disappoint and neither did the lay-out. The water features are very cute and some of the bamboos dramatic. You have to stand still and look to really appreciate the garden. It rained quite a lot during our visit but it didn't really detract from our experience.
We will definitely visit again but as the garden will be closing in the next few days it will not be until the spring time.
Written 28 October 2020
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Fiddlydee
Callington, UK501 contributions
A really gem in Cornwall
Oct 2020
We never knew this place existed in Cornwall?? Even though it is end of October the garden has a special feeling about it. You can get lost in the quiet surrounding of beautiful trees, waterfalls and pools. Do not miss the Bonsai Collection and shop they are excellent. We plan a summer visit to see the spectacular Japanese maples in their prime. No refreshments on site though but great Tea Shop just up the road called Hawkeys Cafe.
Written 27 October 2020
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Fred F
3 contributions
A peacefull gem.
Oct 2020
Very peacefull, beautifull gardens, well worth finding. A little gem. Loved the water features and stunning Koi Carp in the ponds. An intriguing view around every corner you turn. The walking stick bamboo was my favorite plant.
Written 16 October 2020
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Lin D
Royston, UK495 contributions
Quite tiny but very beautifully laid out
Oct 2020 • Couples
Pre-booking is essential as they only allow eight visitors per 30 minute slot. We missed the turning the first time, as the sign is not obvious. You have to drive over the bridge opposite the church and the garden is just there on the left. It has a car park. There are lots of acers in the garden, which are starting to display their autumn colours. Several water features too. Do visit Hawkeys cafe afterwards! (Just a short walk past the church.)
Written 13 October 2020
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David F
Ipswich, England, United Kingdom7 contributions
Beautiful and quaint
Oct 2020
What a find not the biggest garden in Cornwall by far but what a beauty it was. Would love to see the garden in other seasons. The hosts were lovely and you are nearby I would highly recommending a visit.
Written 11 October 2020
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Telle T
Redditch, UK195 contributions
Great place to visit
Sep 2020
We booked to visit the Japanese Gardens and it was well worth the trip. Very reasonably priced and lots to see. The gardens are very well maintained and peaceful. There was a one way system in place when we visited due to Covid rules but we had the earliest booking slot so there weren't many people there when we arrived however it was busier when we left.
There are so many beautiful plants, trees, structures, statues and ponds to walk around and look at. Its the kind of place that you could have walked round a few times and still enjoyed viewing everything.
There is a small area of things for sale such as bonsai trees, succulents, windchimes, ornaments etc. Everything was very reasonably priced and the staff were more than willing to offer advise. We ended up bringing a variety of plants including a Bonsai home with us.
Well worth a visit.
Written 4 October 2020
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Jason H
Wakefield, UK109 contributions
Fabulous little Japanese themed garden
Sep 2020 • Couples
Tucked away in the little village of Mawgan, near Newquay airport, the Japanese Garden is a lovely little oasis of calm, tranquility and Zen. The garden is not huge so take your time, and savour the serenity and views from different spots.

Within the grounds there are Zen temple gardens, koi ponds, bamboo groves, formal bonsai display area, and various seating to allow you to take a quiet moment to take in the beautiful fusion of stone, moss, maples, pines, tree support props, water falls, Buddha statues, gravel beds, deer scarer water features, koi, stone lanterns etc.

The entrance fee is a very reasonable £5 for adults.

There unfortunately is no refreshments facilities, but there are public toilets just next to/outside the entrance for those who may have driven some distance to get there.

The gift shop had a fabulous selection of statuary and garden ornaments, bonsai, pots and oriental themed items. Staff were delightfully friendly and helpful, offering care advice on the Buddhist Pine tree that I bought.

During these strange COVID times be sure to pre-book.

In all a lovely visit to a little gem of a garden, which I would be delighted to revisit.
Written 2 October 2020
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Alison H
Liverpool, UK13 contributions
Japanese Garden, St Mawgan
Oct 2020 • Couples
A stunning Japanese garden, beautifully maintained, tranquil and with all the characteristics you would expect - a tea house, Zen garden, copious bamboo, running water, acers and bonsai. Can’t really do it justice but spent a lovely hour and a half wandering along the paths. Admission is ridiculously cheap, the staff are really friendly and helpful and for the gardeners there’s a well stocked shop full of bonsai, acers & succulents as well as ornaments, books & other gifts. A must see if you’re in the Newquay area.
Written 1 October 2020
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Caroline M
Truro, UK35 contributions
Lovely Autumn visit
Sep 2020
Very well organised and peaceful place. Beautiful trees just changing colour - would go back in a few weeks to see it in all its glory
Written 29 September 2020
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Silvercruises
Portsmouth, UK114 contributions
Excellent
Sep 2020
A small but beautiful area with a large selection of bamboos, plants, trees, ornaments and ponds all very well laid out and where something different seems to be around every corner. There are plenty of places to just sit, look and contemplate. It is a place of serenity to which we will certainly return.
Written 28 September 2020
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