The Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden is a 6 1/2 acre authentic Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, CA. It was designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana, a native of Hokkaido, Japan and designer of more than a dozen Japanese gardens in the United States. He also taught Japanese architecture and landscape design at UCLA.


The Japanese Garden is designed after “stroll gardens” that were constructed during the 18th and 19th centuries for Japanese Feudal lords. They were generally not available to the public. It includes three classical designs: a dry garden, a wet garden and an authentic tea ceremony garden.


The character of Japanese Gardens are greatly influenced by Zen Buddhism. They often include elements of water, stones, plants and garden accessories.


I was so impressed by my visit to The Japanese Garden. It exuded tranquility and peace and was so natural in the midst of urban sprawl. Although it was right in my backyard, I didn’t know it existed before living here for over 10 years.


The Japanese Garden is adjacent to the Tillman Reclamation Plant, a wastewater treatment facility that meets various regulatory requirements to reclaim wastewater available for reuse or discharge to the Los Angeles River.

On June 15, 2014, the Japanese Garden celebrates it’s 30th Anniversary with cultural activities and celebration of it’s 30 years of public education and serenity. It is located at 6100 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406. I strongly recommend a visit. There is little like it in this part of the city.


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