The Buenos Aires Japanese Garden

In a nook of Buenos Aires, close to the Palermo Rosebush Promenade, we found a green exotic space where Japanese culture is in bloom.

One Sunday when the sun was already promising the first summer days, we went for a ride around the City of Buenos Aires and, in such a typical spot like Palermo, we found a portal that led us straight into the Japanese world.

A Lagoon and Green All Around

The garden gate rises like a different kind of construction. Very unusual for this city. We paid for our admission ticket and immediately saw that green was all around. At both sides of the concrete path, the plants were an outburst of life and every now and then we would find a sign reading the name of each specimen.

But the heart of this garden is no other than the small lagoon around which the ride is organized. It might look like any other lagoon in Palermo, but the bridges in vibrant red over it give evidence of a different culture. In the background, the tea house is another detail to create the atmosphere.

  • A strange place

    A strange place

  • The Tea House

    The Tea House

  • A reflection of what lies on the other side of the world

    A reflection of what lies on the other side of the world

  • A portal that led us straight into the Japanese world

    A portal that led us straight into the Japanese world

  • A plant nursery

    A plant nursery

  • Surrounded by buildings

    Surrounded by buildings

The Story of a Relationship

The Japanese Garden was created in 1967. It was built by the Japanese Embassy at 3 de Febrero Park upon the visit of the then heirs to the crown Akihito and Michiko, present emperor and empress of Japan. Afterwards, the embassy donated the garden to the City of Buenos Aires to show the gratitude of the Japanese community living in Argentina.

In 1978, the Japanese Association made an agreement with the government of the City to enlarge and refurbish the garden and, later on, in 1981, the construction of a Tea House was approved. It would be a place where people could gather and access different aspects of the Japanese culture. Eventually, in 1989, the Argentinian-Japanese Cultural Foundation was created with the aim of fulfilling this task.

Carps in the Water

Several plaques in one area of the circuit commemorate later visits by the prince and princess of Japan to Argentina. All of us who crossed those bridges, stepped on those islands, walked those trails or queued to sit and have a cup of green tea with jasmine give proof that the purpose of this garden continues to prosper.

One of the most attractive activities for children is to buy food for the carps dwelling in the lagoon at the stalls inside the garden. The beauty of the venue and this would be enough to justify a visit, but the Japanese Garden has much more to offer.

With a very varied agenda, the Argentinian-Japanese Cultural Foundation presents a great deal of activities every day: from courses and lectures to shows of different cultural aspects of Japan (like growing orchids, origami, manga and animé), demonstrations of the tea ceremony, painting exhibitions, Go competitions and much more.

Argentina and Japan are not separated just by kilometers, but at one garden in Palermo, these two worlds seem to be engaged in conversation. As for us, we tasted a cup of roasted wheat tea for the first time.

Autor Marcos Rodríguez Fotografo Gentileza Jardín Japonés

Contact of the excursion or tour

Complejo Cultural y Ambiental Jardín Japonés

Av. Figueroa Alcorta y Av. Casares () Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Tel: +54 11-48044922

Bear in mindBear in mind: The Tea House at the Japanese Garden also works as a sushi restaurant and it may be visited even when the Garden is closed. There is also a plant nursery, where exotic plants may be purchased.
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