Created 1987 to demonstrate friendship and union between Kelowna and its Sister City Kasugai, Japan.
There are a great many things to see in this roughly square 60-acre park, but chief among these are the tidal pond (Shioiri-no-ike 潮入の池) with its massive floodgate, the duck-hunting blinds, the staggered bridges shaded by wisteria trellises, and a 300-year-old pine cascading down a stepped trellis.
The Willow Pond Japanese Gardens have been constructed and cultivated since 1985, with most trees reaching a semi-matured stage. It’s an authentic Japanese garden designed by local landscaper Eiji Morozumi and constructed by the family of Norma and Ramon Lawrence.
The 7.5 acre, Mizumoto Japanese Stroll garden was created in 1986 and includes a 3 large koi lakes, moon bridge, meditation garden, tea house and traditional Japanese garden landscaping.
The nine-acre Japanese Garden is part of the Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Garden. Completed in 1912, was inspired by widespread Western fascination with Asian culture.
Seiwa-en, “garden of pure, clear harmony and peace,” is located on 14 acres at the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the nation. The Japanese Garden, dedicated in 1977, was designed by the late Professor Koichi Kawana, a native of Japan and lecturer on environmental design and landscape architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles.