The Japanese Garden

© Le Jardin japonais de Monaco, à côté du Grimaldi Forum. © DR

Created in 1994, at the request of Prince Rainier III, by the landscape architect Yasuo Beppu (Grand Prix of the Osaka Flower Show 90′), the garden reflects the strictest principles underpinning the concept of Zen thinking.

The garden will take you on a journey away from the land of the rising sun. Walkers can discover all the classic elements of a Japanese garden such as: pools, islands, waterfalls, lanterns, bridges, a tea house and the Zen garden. Free to enter, this green garden is a rich blend of Japanese traditions and Mediterranean elements, the fruit of close collaboration between the gardeners of Monaco and Japan. The bamboo hedges, tiles (Awaji Island), stone lanterns and wood used for construction (gates, tea houses, etc.) were imported from Japan, while the plants, all of a Mediterranean type (pines, olives, pomegranates, etc.) were pruned and worked on for three years by Master BEPPU to give them a Japanese effect. Moreover, every year Master Beppu comes specially from Japan to pass on his knowledge and give advice to gardeners on plant care.

As for the stone blocks, they come from Corsica, Auvergne and the Tinée valley and were used to build the waterfall. The most curious visitors will be able to discover the Japanese traditions through the explanatory panels located near each of the garden’s remarkable features. In addition, the pool at the foot of the pavilion allows you to admire a collection of Carp Koï, which swim peacefully amongst the water lilies and lotuses. Opening hours are: 9am / 5.45pm or 6.45pm and vary according to the season.