The Japanese Garden

This garden, created in 1994 at the request of Prince Rainier III in accordance with the strictest principles of Zen design by landscape architect Yasuo Beppu (Grand Prix at the Osaka Flower Exhibition in 1990), transports visitors to the land of the rising sun, even as they remain in the Principality.

Those who take a stroll through the gardens will be able to discover all the essential components of a Japanese garden: a pond, islands, a waterfall, lanterns, bridges, a tea house and a Zen garden.
This green oasis is a rich mix of Japanese tradition and Mediterranean touches, the result of close collaboration between gardeners from Monaco and Japan. The bamboo hedges, tiles (Awaji Island), stone lanterns, and the woods used in the various structures (gate, tea house, etc.) were all imported from Japan, while the plants, all Mediterranean (pine, olive and pomegranate trees), were pruned and looked after by Mr Beppu for three years to give them a Japanese appearance.

The blocks of stone which form the waterfall come from Corsica, Auvergne and the Tinée Valley, and all were selected on site before being installed according to a precise plan. Those who find their interest piqued can learn more about Japanese traditions from explanatory panels located close to each noteworthy feature.

A pond situated at the foot of the pavilion provides an opportunity to admire a collection of koi carp, swimming peacefully among the water lilies and lotus flowers.

Every year, Mr Beppu comes especially from Japan to pass on his knowledge and give advice to the gardeners about looking after the plants.

Free entry.
Opening hours: 9 am to 5.45 pm or 6.45 pm (depending on season)
The garden has been awarded the EVE certification by ECOCERT


 Accessibility: the majority of the garden is accessible