Japanese Garden


The Japanese garden is a 5.5-acre garden located in Hermann Park where you can visit and enjoy mother nature. The main purpose of a Japanese garden is to bring calmness and nature into our crowded lives, and to remind us of the natural landscape.

The Japanese Garden was designed by a Tokyo landscape designer Takeshi “Ken” Nakajima and was opened in 1992.

Drawing from seventeenth-century traditions, the garden comprises sculpted plantings, interconnected lakes, and Japanese structures, as well as vantage points that capitalize on borrowed scenery.

With its waterfalls, bridges, and stone paths that wander among crepe myrtles, azaleas, Japanese maples, dogwoods, and cherry trees, the Japanese Garden is a peaceful hideaway in Hermann Park.

In 2006, landscape architect Terunobu Nakai and gardener Hiroshi Iwasaki updated the garden based on Nakajima’s original drawings and provided training for the volunteers who maintain the delicately pruned plants.

The Japanese government gave twenty cherry trees to Hermann Park in 2012, on the centennial of its earlier gift of cherries planted in Washington, D.C. to the United States.

Today the Japanese Garden is a place you can visit for free and walk around the trail while admiring the beauty of nature. The garden is a place you can have a picnic if you would like, meditate, walk around, or even have a small weeding but it does cost money to have a wedding there. The garden is a handicap and pet friendly place but your pets do have to be always in a leash.

You can find it at 6000 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030 it is open from 9am till 6pm and is free.