The Hasselt’s Japanese Garden is the largest Japanese Garden in Europe, built in 1985 and opened to the public in 1992 based on a 17th Century model. Spanning across 2 and a half hectares, has around 250 Japanese Cherry Trees. It’s the Perfect place to come and relax, Meditate and experience the Japanese culture.
The Garden offers lots of picnic and benches to sit and enjoy the view and the beautiful sound of the waterfalls, you can even enjoy a peaceful walk around the garden and even feed the Koi fish. don’t be surprised when you hear a bell ring, its been part of the garden since 2016. Monthly public activities happen, feel free to join in and take part.
The beautiful walk around the Japanese garden can take around 30 to 45 minutes, as you enter the garden, you follow a path with Japanese pine trees, flowers and water surrounding the path, as you follow the path it takes you to the main feature of the Japanese Gardens, which is the waterfall, you can get up-close to the waterfall by walking on the wooden bridge, and the water is filled with koi’s fish, you can feed them, don’t worry theirs fish are used to people and will get up close and finally you can walk around the cherry trees area, make sure you come during cherry blossom season, you wouldn’t regret it, its appositely stunning.
The garden was created to show the true friendship between Hasselt and their sister city of Itami, a suburb of Osaka and Kobe.
Telephone: +32 11 23 52 00 | Official Website | Facebook |
Events and Festivals
You can find a number of events and festivals happening usually relation with the Japanese culture:
- The Hanami also known as the Cherry Blossom viewing season, happen in April
- Koinonbori known as the floating carps, happens in May on children’s day
- Tanabata known as the star festival in July
- The Obon-Matsuri known as the Ancestors remembrance and lantern festival which happens in August
- Chrysanthemum exhibition in October
How to get there:
- By Car: Free parking available
- By Bus:Bus service: H3 and any other bus that takes you to city centre
- By Train: It is approximately 30 minutes walk (2.5 km) from Hasselt Railway Station
- Walking: around 10 minutes walk from the city centre
All pathways are wide and easily accessible for wheelchair users.
Dogs are not allowed in the Japanese Garden.
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
*Please note: opening times may very during holidays and other events, please visit the official website for more details*
|Adults||€5 per person|
|Children -12 years old||Free Entry|
|Senior citizens||€4 per person|
|Schools (after reservation)||€1 per person|
|Hasselt UiTpass||Free Entry|
|Groups of 15 people||€4 per person|
*Please note: admission prices may change , please visit the official website for more details*
Address: Koning Boudewijnlaan, 3500 Hasselt, Belgium