In the midst of the San Fernando Valley lies an oasis – a 6.5-acre garden that features three gardens in one. First, in The Japanese Garden, there is a dry Zen meditation garden containing Tortoise Island, a three-Buddha arrangement of stones, and a wisteria arbor at the end of the Plover Path. Next along the path is an expansive Chisen or “wet-strolling” garden with waterfalls, lakes and streams, abundant greenery, and stone lanterns which were hand-carved by artisans in Japan. At the end of this path is the Shoin Building
with an authentic 4 1/2 tatami-mat teahouse and an adjacent tea garden.
Free, reservation required, tickets available at website.