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The Japanese Garden

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Address: 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA 91406
Phone Number:
+1 818-756-8166

"Suiho En" (the garden of water and fragrance) is a 6.5 Acre...

"Suiho En" (the garden of water and fragrance) is a 6.5 Acre authentic Japanese garden fashioned after "stroll gardens" constructed during the 18th and 19th centuries for Japanese feudal lords. Our facility is unique because 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 Japanese Garden shares the address of the Tillman Reclamation plant with an entrance on the east side of Woodley Avenue in Van Nuys. Access to both the San Diego (405) and Ventura (101) freeways is close by and convenient and ample free parking adjacent to the entrance of the garden is provided for visitors. Admission to the Garden for docent-led or self-guided tours is $3.00 Per person, $2.00 For Seniors 62+ and Children under 10. Special Event admission may be higher. Enter via the gift shop.

We are open for self-guided tours Monday-Thursday from 11:00AM-4:00PM, and Sunday from 10:00AM-4:00PM (the last gate entry each day is at 3:15PM). Informal tourist photography only. The Garden is closed to the public on Friday and Saturday and closed to the public if it rains within 24 hours of opening time or during open hours. Please call on the day you wish to visit to make sure the Garden is open. Groups of 15 or more: please call in advance so that we can staff accordingly. Please note that we are closed for holidays recognized by the City of Los Angeles.

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A quiet haven

The Japanese Garden really is a place to get away from it all. Six acres of beautifully planned and executed gardens, incorporating all the essential features of A Japanese... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 January 2017
Peter G
Moissac, France
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Moissac, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

The Japanese Garden really is a place to get away from it all. Six acres of beautifully planned and executed gardens, incorporating all the essential features of A Japanese garden, dry landscape, lakes, tea house, lanterns and bridges. The water all comes from a treatment plant behind the garden and now and then we had a little 'whiff' from the... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We enjoying walking this garden. There is limited mobility access and a beautiful and peaceful place to wonder, even with small children.

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Granada Hills, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Of course it takes visitors coming in to town for me to finally discover this hidden gem in The Sepulveda Basin! This is located by the water reclamation plant so be prepared for a bit of an offensive smell which permeates throughout the garden. There is a good sized parking lot and parking is free. You pay your entrance fee... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We live in Van Nuys and are always grumpy about the filth of the place from the gum spots on every square inch of concrete to the air quality which has been ruined by the 2 airports flanking the city. However, the Japanese Garden is a patch of beauty, elegance and function right up the road from us and is... More 

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Lancaster, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

What an awesome place to visit on a lazy afternoon! Right in our backyards, a garden of flowers, trees, water and fish. It is easy to feel like you are getting back to nature. The path is easy to navigate with quaint bridges and unique mosaic studded walkways. The tea house has the most spectacular view, enjoy a drink and... More 

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

To come to such a place of beauty, serenity and tranquility in the midst of a concrete jungle is such a peaceful experience! Your first view of the garden as you enter through the gates takes your breath away. There are several areas of the garden in which to view, take lots of photographs or to sit and meditate. You... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

These gardens are a respite from chaos. They are outstanding to walk through while admiring the surrounding nature. I love going to the tea house there.

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los angeles, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Who knows you can build such a beautiful garden next to a sewage plant? That in itself is worth a visit. The name is just perfect. Water and fragrant garden, except the frangrance comes from the chemical used to treat waste water so you feel like u r in a public toilet almost the entire stay. There are so much... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

My mom and I went to the Japanese garden in the month of May around 11am. The garden was absolutely beautiful and walking around was relaxing. We took a lot of pictures, sat down and listened to sound of water, and wind blowing through the tree leaves. The only thing is I wish the park would open a little bit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

I found the Gardens to be peaceful and tranquil and I enjoyed my visit. Price was very reasonable. Would go back and take others on next visit. Beautiful place with a Zen feeling.

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