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Find Serenity At The Japanese Garden In Houston

Colby Smith Colby Smith

Find Serenity At The Japanese Garden In Houston

Experience tranquility with a stroll through the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park.

Hermann Park in Houston is full of wonder. It’s home to a railroad, a zoo, an outdoor theater, and much more. Any one of these spots is worth a visit, but if peace of mind is what you’re looking for, take a stroll through their Japanese Garden. [Featured image: @thechadi]

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Now open, the Japanese Garden, also known as the Friendship Garden, was designed by renowned Japanese landscape architect, Ken Nakajama. The late Nakajama, who arranged similar gardens all around the world, designed the Hermann Park Japanese Garden according to traditional Daimyo style. Over five acres, the elegant terrain features comely touches of lush flora, a stone Yukimi-style lantern, shaded stone paths, bridges, and cascading waterfalls.

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In the garden you’ll find a quaint teahouse. The design of the teahouse is also traditional, with the intention of accommodating tea ceremonies. Donated by the Commemorative Association, the teahouse features highly-prized materials that were built in Japan and later assembled in Houston.

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Along with its cherry trees, azaleas, bamboo, and Japanese maple trees, the careful placement of rocks, plants, and flowing water instills visitors with peace and tranquility. The garden offers a pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, and provides an oasis to wander, meditate, picnic, and read.

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The Japanese Garden is located in Hermann Park, adjacent to the Memorial Pioneer Obelisk.

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