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The Japanese Garden

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Address: | St. Mawgan Village, Newquay TR8 4ET, England
Phone Number:
+44 1637 860116
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00


The Japanese Garden in Cornwall combines the beauty of...


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. The garden was built as a meditative garden, where one can calm the mind & let go of unwanted stress through contemplation & reflection.

We are open from 10am – 6pm, 7 days a week.

Last entrance to the Japanese Garden 5pm.


We are open from the 1st March to the 31st October

Admission Prices

Adults: £4.50

Children: £2.00

Babies/in buggies free

Shop & plant areas are admission free.

This year we will be offering Season Tickets for £9 – which will enable one person to visit the Japanese Garden as often as they like during our opening dates & times.

Useful Information


Garden size: 1 acre approx

Wheelchair friendly: Yes, 90% + (gravel paths)

Refreshments: Yes, small selection of hot & cold drinks & outdoor seating area

Toilets: None on site. Public toilet facilities approximately 20 meters from car park entrance

Dogs: We love dogs & have one of our own (Rupert), but cannot allow dogs, except guide dogs, in the Japanese Garden. There is ample shade in our car park & we can provide water for a four legged friend if requested


The Japanese Garden is just over an acre in size & is located in the picturesque village of St. Mawgan. There is a variety of trees & plants growing in the garden; some planted 20-30 years ago when the garden was first created & others that have been growing for easily a hundred years. Plants that are classically recognised as Japanese (Japanese Acers for example) are located in abundance throughout the garden & these are blended with some beautiful, local Cornish plants (such as a huge english oak tree among others). Depending on when you visit you might see the spectacular Asaleas flowering in the spring, or the Japanese Acers turning from green to vivid red in the autumn.

We now offer a small selection of refreshments (some hot & cold drinks) & a seating area near to our shop. We are hoping to develop a cafe in the future, so we are always keen to hear suggestions about what you might like. If you would like to bring your own food, you are more than welcome, we just ask that you do not leave any litter in the garden. We do not have toilets on site but the village public toilets are accessible & are just around the corner from our car park entrance (less than a 2 minute walk).

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Absolutely beautiful gardens! Enjoyed walking around in the sunshine and was so peaceful..will definitely be visiting again and highly recommend to anyone! Natalie (owner) was... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2016
Perranporth, United Kingdom
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Perranporth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful gardens! Enjoyed walking around in the sunshine and was so peaceful..will definitely be visiting again and highly recommend to anyone! Natalie (owner) was very welcoming and knowledgable about the garden and bonsai tree's....which there is a large selection to choose from in the shop. I had to buy one! And am so pleased with it :D The Japanese... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 July 2016

Beautiful garden well worth a visit I spent a couple of hours wondering round & sitting down just taking it all in very relaxing but please start allowing dogs in

Thank ptr101613
Gosport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Very disappointed. Garden very untidy and neglected. Has the potential to be really lovely but needs a lot of tlc. Worse garden we have been to in Cornwall. Definitely not worth the entrance fee.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

Wonderful, peaceful and uplifting garden. Visited with my husband for the second time, having previously visited in 2015. I wondered if it would have the same impact as before, I was not disappointed. The garden is beautiful, tranquil and well worth at least one visit. Love it here.

Thank Liz V
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Really enjoyed our time there and many thanks for potting the acer for me. Now home and enjoying my reminder of our visit. Will be back when we are in Cornwall again.

Thank Eileen W
Yelverton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Used the gardener's world 2-for-1 voucher. Not much was blooming at the time but still pleasant to see. Would love to see during the summer. Still needs a team of gardeners for the upkeep. The couple were talkative and very pleasant. Shop had reasonably priced items so we bought some stone dragons.

Thank Tash B
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Visited with a group of friends and did not expect such a beautiful garden! I was completely blown away with how everything flowed together and the peace and love that swept throughout the garden! If only I lived closer, I'd be there every day!

Thank Sianmacrae
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

Cornwall is full of gardens, and many of them are major tourist attractions with shops, restaurants, etc. This is a real garden. Nobody will try and sell you anything, you'll just get the chance to enjoy something created over thirty years or more as a tranquil space of beauty and relaxation. It's off the beaten track, though easy enough to... More 

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Reviewed 24 July 2016

Always wanted to visit a Japanese garden, lovely relaxing place, wandered around a couple of times and sat listening to the chimes, lovely position as the village is nice as well and some good places to have lunch,there seemed to be a great deal going on in the village.

Thank RubyDevon
Delabole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

I last visited The Japanese Garden over ten years ago. It was a stunning, tranquil place and still is. Very knowledge and friendly staff only recently inherited by Natalie. I recommend if in the area to visit this hidden gem. Good luck and best wishes to Natalie and Stuart with the new venture. Will see you both soon.

Thank Ross E

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