The Japanese garden was built in 1990, to mark the tenth anniversary of the sister-state relationship between Victoria and the Aichi Prefecture in Japan. This garden (and an Australian garden in Nagoya, the capital of Aichi) were created to symbolise the strong friendship between the two states and to reflect the natural beauty of their respective landscapes.
Shiro Nakane, the Kyoto landscape architect, designed the site and supervised the construction process. While stone forms the bones of this garden, the plant selection provides interest during all seasons, though the sequence of cherry blossoms in spring is supposed to be of particular note.
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A joint project of the Victorian Government and the formerly named Zoological Board of Victoria, the Japanese Garden was opened in November 1991. It is still one of Australia’s finest examples of a traditional Japanese stroll garden.