Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena

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The Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden is a Japanese garden located at 270 Arlington Drive in Pasadena, California. The garden was designed and built over seven years starting in 1935 when Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns hired first generation immigrant, and Japanese landscape designer, Kinzuchi Fujii. The 1.45-acre (0.59 ha) garden took four years to construct once its design was complete and cost $150,000. The garden was designed as a Hill and Pond Strolling Garden, the "chisen kaiyu shiki" form, which traditionally includes water features and walking paths. This garden includes 25-foot (7.6 m) ponds with waterfalls, hills, bridges and paths. The garden's teahouse and many of its granite, bronze, and wood features were imported from Japan. The garden became a landmark for the Japanese community in Pasadena, and its teahouse served as a meeting place for Japanese cultural activities until it burned down in 1981. It was rebuilt to the original plans during the garden's recent restoration by Takeo Uesugi, FASLA.
The garden is open to the public the last Sunday of every week during the pandemic.

The garden was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 15, 2005.
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  • I just love this magical strolling garden. It’s not big, but there are so many sitting areas and spots to enjoy the garden from many different views. I feel so fortunate to have found this gem of a... 
    I just love this magical strolling garden. It’s not big, but there are so many sitting areas and spots to enjoy the garden from many different views. I feel so fortunate to have found this gem of a...  more »
  • We were disappointed in the small area and absence of distinctive features besides the pond. We called the previous week and it was $12/person, but when we went the following week it was... 
    We were disappointed in the small area and absence of distinctive features besides the pond. We called the previous week and it was $12/person, but when we went the following week it was...  more »
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  • This Japanese garden is so peaceful and beautiful, it's not that big but that's all you need for tranquility and peace, they also have a gift shop and they have koi fish and you can feed them with food they sell for them. I had a good time here I love it.
  • Such a lovely and wonderful place! Koi fish, turtles, as well as a ton of other fish come up to meet you when you stand at any of the two ponds' edges! Too bad today was way to hot (110°🌡♨️) too really get the most outta my visit but, I will be back!

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