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The Japanese Garden is a gem in the northwest of the North Park. There is a lake, a small waterfall, Japanese maple and other typical plants on an area of about 5,000 square meters. Artificially raised hills and four stone lanterns create the ambience of a Japanese pleasure garden.
The following statement is translated from www.duesseldorf.de:
"The plan of the Japanese Garden comes from the Japanese garden and landscape architect Iwakii Ishiguro and his son Shojiro, although the Japanese Garden on the Rhine is not the equivalent of a garden in Japan and was designed specifically for Duesseldorf, with the two gardeners, Ishiguro and Sakuma and six other Japanese gardeners.
The greatest skill of Japanese garden builders is to represent nature in their gardens in an idealized manner, which has a long tradition in Japan, dating back to the 8th-12th centuries - the Nara and Heian times.
The basic form of today's traditional Japanese garden developed in parallel three basic types: the lake, pond and island garden, the hill garden with artificially heaped "mountains" and the flat garden.
The Duesseldorf garden is based on the type of pond garden (Chitei) or "Lustgarten" (Pleasure Garden). The route system to be found in Duesseldorf with circular route around the pond is still a special form that originated in Japan in the 17th century.
Everything in this Japanese Garden on the Rhine, also called "Garden of Reflection", has a deeper symbolic meaning. It does not matter if it is about trees, pond, stones, springs, hills, lanterns or the sitting group at the pond. The trees have as sonorous names as the lanterns or the stones. They are called, for example, "tree of the upright spirit", lantern "Kasuga style" or "protective stone". The island in the pond symbolizes an island of the immortals. At the pond there is also a symbolic "boat dock with stone to attach the dew". In it swim colored carps, which partly originate from temple ponds of Nara in Japan. They had come to Duesseldorf from the "Land of the Rising Sun" in 1975. "
Kaiserswerther Str. 380
Tram / Subway: U78, U79 (Stop Kaiserswerther Straße / Aquazoo)
Bus: 722 (StopKaiserswerther Straße / Aquazoo)
Open all day
No entrance fee