Like many Japanese-style gardens built in the 1950s and ‘60s, the one-acre Japanese-style garden within Descanso Gardens is a peaceful retreat and a collage of familiar elements that emulate a stroll garden, a pond-and-stream garden, a tea garden and teahouse, and a small raked-gravel garden (karesansui).
Classified by the National Trust “As a place of historical, architectural and cultural significance to be preserved for present and future generations”.
The Campbelltown Japanese Gardens celebrate the sister city relationship between Campbelltown and Koshigaya. The gardens were presented to Campbelltown by the citizens of Koshigaya on 10 April, 1988. The Gardens symbolise the beliefs and religion of both Shinto, the indigenous religion of Japan, and Zen Buddhism.
The garden was a gift to the people of Gosford as a symbol of cultural exchange and friendship, by our Sister City, Edogawa, (near Tokyo in Japan). It is designed in accordance to the original principles of Japanese design of the Heian (700AD) period. The gardens were officially opened in September 1994 by the Mayor of Gosford and the Mayor of Edogawa.
This garden is now one of the most popular tourist attractions on the NSW Central Coast. It is based on a traditional ‘Shuyu’ (strolling style) garden, and covers an area of approximately 4000m2. The meandering pathways lead to traditional Japanese features including, a Japanese teahouse, raked dry stone garden (Karesansui), stone lanterns and a pond filled with Koi fish.
Regarded as Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden, this 4.5 hectare site is jointly owned by University of Southern Queensland and the Toowoomba City Council.