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TODAY'S HOURS: 8 AM – 6 PM

*Last entry is an hour before closing

Japanese Garden in Fall - 50th Anniversary

Fall Japanese Festival Marks 50th Anniversary of Japanese Garden

Visitors are invited to celebrate the vibrant colors of fall in the Japanese Garden while exploring the arts and culture of Japan during the Fall Japanese Festival on Nov. 4-5. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Garden’s opening in 1973.

Activities and performances for this year’s festival include:

  • Taiko Drummers at the Horseshoe Garden, both days at 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.
  • Japanese Swordsmanship with GK Sugai, who will perform both days at the Shelter House at 1 p.m.
  • Traditional Tea Ceremony demonstrations in the Oak Hall both days, four times each day (additional fee applies)
  • Five food trucks, three dessert trucks, and traditional food that will be prepared by the Japanese Society and available for purchase at the Japanese Pavilion
  • Origami and Calligraphy demonstrations

Today, the seven-and-a-half-acre garden is a far cry from its rustic beginnings as a gravel pit 50 years ago. The iconic oasis is a fan favorite with its combination of peaceful Koi-filled pools, Japanese and native plants and trees, and beautiful spaces that promote a feeling of relaxation and harmony for thousands of visitors each year.

Entrance to the festival is FREE with general admission. Tickets purchased online are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65+, $6 for ages 6-15, and free for children 5 and under. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for this very popular event.

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