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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  • Japanese Garden is a charming garden in Pasadena Area. When I first came here, I can feel the freshness in the air. The garden was a masterpiece of art. It was decorated with Bonsai tree, Koi Fish...  more »
  • Love Japanese Gardens so this was a perfect place to spend a couple hours relaxing and admiring the beauty. Definitely worth a trip!  more »
  • This Japanese garden was amazing. The art on display was a beautiful origami display. The gardens are peaceful, the koi fish are very active, but the quality of of the plant variations are lacking. The temple was definitely a huge bonus, as I was able to sit and meditate for a few moments. The serenity of this place is something I think many people will find tranquility and happiness in!
  • Beautiful, peaceful Japanese garden. Very inexpensive to visit, and no crowd at all on a weekday. Staff is friendly, and the walking path presents a new view at each turn. A great example of a traditional strolling garden, and still a good place to sit down with a book.

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