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The Japanese Garden at St. Mawgan

St Mawgan  Japanese GardenThe Japanese Garden at the village of St. Mawgan in the lush Vale of Lanherne is an oasis of tranquillity and a unique Garden for all Seasons.

Situated around 4 miles to the north of Cornwall's premier resort of Newquay the stunning garden covers two acres The Torii Gate, a sacred Shinto structure and traditional symbol of Japan,stands at the entrance to the garden and there are Water, Stroll & Zen gardens to explore, which have been created in accordance with the philosophy of the East.

It contains many of the features associated with a Japanese garden including the shishi-odoshi (deer scarer), stone lanterns, tsukubai (water basin), bonsai and of course, the waterfalls, ponds, bridges, islands and the charming teahouse. The Cha-Seki or Teahouse balcony overlooks the waterfall which tumbles into the pool which is well stocked with Koi carp.Viewing Points are a significant feature of the Japanese Garden and each of those at the Japanese Garden have been placed with meticulous care.

At the end of the garden is a small zen garden, watched over by a beautiful buddha statue and some wooden meditation stools. There is also a small moss garden, symbolising a stream running through moss-covered stones.

There are numerous paths for the visitor to stroll along while absorbing the sights and smells of the vibrant azaleas, rhododendrons, glossy leaved camellias, bamboos, ornamental grasses and the spectacular Japanese maples or Acers with their graceful forms which take on vibrant hues in the Autumn months.

The garden has easy access making it a pleasure to visit for everyone. The specialist Bonsai and Japanese Garden Nurseries occupy around one acre and are situated adjacent to the garden. The Nurseries offer an extensive range of quality plants, statuary & accessories, together with expert advice.

The garden is open 7 days a week, all year with the exception of Christmas Day to New Years Day. No dogs are allowed except Guide dogs. Refreshments are not served in the Teahouse, but are available in the village Tearooms or the Falcon Inn which are 2 minutes walk away from the garden.


From the A3059 road follow signs to Airport & St. Mawgan. There are Japanese Garden Brown & White Road Signs on A3059 and B3276.

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