History and Overview
The Japanese garden is one of the latest additions to the beautiful parks of Chandigarh. It was built in 2014 by the Chandigarh administration and inaugurated by then governor of Panjab and administrator of Chandigarh, Mr. Shivraj Patil.
The garden spread over an area of 13 acres is located in sector 31, and is the first place in the city that depicts Japanese culture. It is divided into two phases, and the second phase was opened to the public in 2016. These different phases of the garden are across the main street from each other and are connected through an underground tunnel. The garden accommodates ponds, a meditation center, a Buddha statue, pagoda towers, waterfalls, and golden bamboos inside its premises. These cultural monuments and elements make this garden one of its kind.
What to expect when visiting the Japanese garden?
Have grand cultural architectures always excited you? and what if it goes hand in hand with a long peaceful walk? Then, this garden is one-stop for you.
The garden is laid out with various artistic depictions of the Japanese culture. Starting with the pagoda towers which portray places of worship in Buddhist and sometimes Taoist schools of religion, the garden is flourished with sculptures and carvings of traditional people of japan. The garden also has ponds which are decorated with fake crocodiles to amuse the visitors. Along with all these decorative elements the garden houses a large Buddha statue along with meditation center and huts where people can sit and give their busy mind a rest. The tunnel which connects the two phases of the garden is full of Japanese paintings with descriptions for people to understand and appreciate the art.
Although built to showcase the Japanese culture through different elements this garden is well maintained in terms of its walking paths. Many different types of plants can be found in this garden along the pathways which make the walks here refreshing. Located near residential area, this park is visited by locals for their regular morning and evening walks.
What is the best time to visit the Japanese garden?
The garden is open all year with no entry ticket required, it is open from 4:30 am to 11:00 pm. The best time to visit the garden during summers is early morning and late evening to avoid the heatwave but during the winters this garden can be enjoyed throughout the day.