Photo Essay: The Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden in Los Angeles, CA
Photo: The Japanese Garden with the Administration Building (which looks like a 70's monorail station)

This is one of our city's hidden gems and if you were looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon or a weekday, here it is (many pictures after the jump)

When the Federal Water Quality Act passed in 1965 came about, so did the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant (after some embattled years and a consent decree). Tillman, the City Engineer, was pressing for a Japanese Garden to be built around the plant to have a beautiful and peaceful buffer zone between the public and the facility. It was completed in 1983.

Open Mondays - Thursdays from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oddly, no Saturdays. Occasionally the garden is booked for an event, so call ahead to make sure it is open that day. Admission is three dollars.

The Japanese Garden
6100 Woodley Ave
Van Nuys, California, 91406
818 756 8166

A Bridge in the Japanese Garden in Los Angeles, CA

Ducks!
Ducks!!

Snow Viewing Lantern
Snow Viewing Lantern

Close up of flora

Shoin Building
Shoin Building

Kasuga Lantern
Kasuga Lantern

A Path in the Japanese Garden

Waterfall Viewing Arbor
Waterfall Viewing Arbor

Jumping rocks in the Dry Garden
Jumping rocks in the Dry Garden

Japanese Garden construction sign
Yay! More Japanese Garden to Come!

A stream in the Japanese Garden

Snow Viewing Lantern
Another Snow Viewing Lantern

The ugly side of sewage
What's hidden over the wall: the ugly side of water reclamation

A walkway to a viewing site

A Wall in the Pond

From the Viewing Platform
From the Viewing Platform

Zigzag Bridge
Zigzag Bridge or yatsuhashi,

All photos by Zach Behrens/LAist