Normandale Japanese Garden

Place 9700 France Ave S Minneapolis

Visit Minnesota’s largest Japanese Garden. Two acres of Japan can be found at the north end of the Normandale Community College campus. Architectural features include a waterfall, a lagoon, upper and lower paths, a Bentendo shrine, two shelters, three islands, three Japanese stone lanterns, a drum bridge, a stone bridge, a long flat bridge and a zig zag bridge. Built on a hill at the edge of a 20 acre pond, this authentic Japanese garden is free and open to the public every day of the year from sunrise until sunset.

  • Good for Play — Yes

    Summer programming includes Imagine Japan! Intro to Japanese Gardens for families (ages 7 and up) and Show and Tell Sundays. These events are free and open to the public on select days. Please view their website for dates.

  • Fun for Grownups — Yes

    Tours are available for adults.

  • Restrooms — Yes

Normandale Japanese Garden needs your help! When did you last visit the Japanese Garden on the campus of Normandale Community College? http://www.normandale.edu/community/japanese-garden Designed by Takao Watanabe, it took almost ten years and hundreds of volunteers to provide the funding and build the garden before its dedication in 1976. The Japanese Garden Committee was formed shortly after... More

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