Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Little One @Japanese Garden

We have not been to the Japanese Garden (星和园). Despite that Japanese Garden is close to Chinese Garden, we have not traveled to Japanese Garden on out last trip 2 years ago when we went to Chinese Garden. That was because we were too tired to walk any more. 

After casting my vote on polling day, I decided to bring Little One to Japanese Garden with hubby. This time, we decided to enter via another gate instead of coming through the gate that faces Chinese Garden MRT station. We entered via the gate near Japanese Garden Road. 

Japanese Garden, also commonly known as Jurong Gardens and Seiwaen, is a park located in Jurong East. Built in 1974 by JTC Corporation, it covers 13.5 hectares (135,000 m2) of land.

It is built on an artificial island in the Jurong Lake area connected to the adjacent Chinese Garden island by bridge named the Bridge of Double Beauty .(双秀桥).
In the early 1970s, the landscape of Jurong was increasingly industrialised with the construction of factories and industries as part of the Jurong Town Corporation's (JTC) industrialisation plan. Hence, JTC decided to redress this situation by damming the Jurong River and creating three small islands from the resulting lake. One of these islands became the grounds for the building of the Japanese Garden. The other garden that was built was Chinese Garden. 
Junction of Chinese Garden Road and Japanese Garden Road

Haze looming around Yuan Ching Road

Bridge of Double Beauty .(双秀桥). Chinese Garden is on the other side of this bridge.
Unlike Chinese Garden,  the Japanese Garden is designed with a calmness to evoke inner peace and a meditative state. The styles and methods used for designing the garden are taken from Japan's Muromachi period of 1392 to 1568 and the Azuchi–Momoyama period of 1568 to 1615. Stone lanterns, rocks, arched bridges, lily-filled ponds and traditional summer houses are part of a picturesque landscape.

Hedges near the Guest House. Look at those trees!

Hanging  lantern

Stone lanterns (There are 10 of them) I love the cravings of these
Simple torii  (There are 3 of them but this is the simpliest)
As it was public holiday, we find Japanese Garden was not quite empty. We met at least 10 people.
The serenity- Stone Lantern Valley 

Arched Bridge (This is one of the 3 arched bridges within Japanese Garden)
I love bridges, you can't blame me for taking many shots of the same thing.

Arched bridge next to Guest House

There are 5 pavilions scattered through out the parks for you to rest, unlike Chinese Garden whereby the 4 of them are close to each other.

Guest house view from another angle

Mini waterfall is a little disappointing. I prefer the small brown tree though.

We saw a number of animals, especially birds and fishes.

See if you can spot a bird in this picture. There are 2 photographers too!

Rest House
We saw a couple of these birds over here.

They even have nests on these trees

The only white bridge in the garden

The only white Torii

Bridges over calm waters

Some unique red flower

Other side of the pond

If you were to walk further, Science Centre would be in view but there is no bridge that connects Science Centre to this man-made island.
We headed to Bridge of Double Beauty towards Chinese Garden
Surprisingly, we were not very tired this time round but thirsty and hungry. We headed towards to MRT station from here.
How to get here quickly and cheaply:
Nearest way to get to this garden by public transport is via MRT. Alight at Chinese Garden station. Walk towards the 7 storey pagoda. The Bridge of Double Beauty is on the left. Once you cross that bridge you are at Japanese Garden.


  • The garden is open from 6am to 10pm
  • Bring your own snacks and drinks for a picnic. It is not very crowded. 
  • Visiting during morning and evening would be best as it is not that hot.
  • 30 minutes walk, depending on the activity you want to do in the garden. It is good for relaxation and reflection.
  • Wear a good pair of walking shoes as you may want to walk on pebbles or rocks to take good pictures for remembrance.

If you have more time, you may want to explore other places near the garden as well.

  • Chinese Garden integration of splendid Chinese architectural features with the natural environment 
  • Jurong Lake Park, I have not visit this park yet but it seemed to have a couple of wonderful playgrounds. Both Japanese Garden and Chinese Garden are within Jurong Lake Park. I need to find a day to visit the perimeter.
  • Jurong East Swimming Complex. When you walk further out to Chinese Garden MRT Station, you may want to visit the Swimming Complex which is nearby.
  • Singapore Science Centre and Omni Theatre. If you are interested in Science, head down to Science Centre but you will have to take a bus (66, 178, 198 , 335). 
  • Blk 347 Jurong East Ave 1, Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre 
    This is one of the place to find good local hawker food. Near Chinese Garden Station. See post by SETHLUI.com
  • 3 Yung Sheng Road, Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre This requires further walking but my favorite bak chor mee and lor mee and located here. See recommendation by ieatishootipost.sg

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  1. Visiting from image-in-ing blog! Your trip to the Gardens is amazing, you have captured beautiful photos to share, The lotus pond captured my interest. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Such a beautiful garden. I love all the bridges.

  3. i love japanese gardens, they're so special and bring so much peace... there's one in belgium but not as big as this one.

    1. If I have the chance, I do hope to visit Belgium! Thanks for dropping by!


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