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The Japanese Garden of San Fernando Valley

Van Nuys’ very own Japanese Garden is just over six acres of quiet beauty amidst its urban surroundings. Designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana, and named SuihoEn (garden of water and fragrance), the garden is one of the highest-ranked of its kind in the country. Dedicated in 1984, it includes a Zen meditation garden, waterfalls, lakes, stone lanterns, trees, and a tatami tea house and garden. Although the garden is ideal for tranquility seekers, it is also a popular venue for events, and has even been used in various Hollywood film projects.

However, the most unique feature of the garden is that, thanks to an innovative and environmentally-friendly idea by Donald C. Tillman, it uses wastewater for its ponds and irrigation from the nearby Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. The Japanese Garden is located at 6100 Woodley Avenue in Van Nuys. The garden is closed on all City of Los Angeles holidays, but their usual hours are Monday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information, call (818) 756-8166.

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