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Most people agree that Jardin Japonais, or literally means Japanese Garden, was the best idea Prince Rainier ever had. In the middle of this vibrant glamorous city, the Japanese Gardens is like an oasis for those seeking for some tranquility. This 7,000 square meterr hidden paradise was meticuluously designed by renowned Yasuo Beppu the winner of Grand Prix at the Osaka Flower Exhibition in 1990. Each elements in the garden were strictly followed the Zen principles. Visitors will almost immediately feel the sense of tranquility the moment they stepped inside the garden, and in matter of minutes they will have a great time exploring the garden with its lush vegetation, the splashing waterfall, stone lanterns, and watching as koi fishes swims in the tranquil pond.
Immerse in Tranquility of Zen in Japanese Garden Monaco
Japanese Garden Monaco have been praised for its depiction of an authentic Japanese Zen Garden. Apparently to be able to fully appreciate the beauty of this Japanese Garden, first you'll have to understand what Japanese Zen Garden principles are about. In short, a Zen Garden is a garden arrangement that emphasize the beauty of Mother Nature. More than its outer appearances, Japanese Zen gardener and architects should able to insert numerous philosophical symbols. A Zen garden should consist these four symbols: Koko (the Veneration of Timeless Age), Shizen (自然,The Avoidance of the Artificial), Yuugen (幽玄, Mysterious), and Miegakure (見え隠れ, Simplicity or The Avoidance of the Extravagance). In short, unlike the concept of modern garden architectures that depict an ideal version of Nature, a Japanese Zen Garden bring forth the raw beauty that the Nature holds. It is simple but elegant concept originated from Ancient China introduced by Chinese Emperor Wu Di from Han Dynasty.
While some elements such as the stone lanterns, bamboo hedges, and the tea house are imported from Japan, the plants sprawling in the garden is actually a beautiful combination of both Japanese and Mediterranian plants. The Japanese Garden is afterall a collaboration between Japanese and Monaco gardeners. You'll find numerous Mediterranian flora such as pomegranate and pine trees among Japanese plum trees and Japanese flower bushes. Rumor has it that Yasuo Beppu himself took a great care of those plants for approximately three years. Every year, the architect will come to visit Monaco only to make sure that the gardeners are treating the plants right.
Japanese Garden Monaco is a perfect place to relax and to contemplate, especially since there are plethora of symbolism in the garden. One of the spots you shouldn't miss is the bamboo fencing (Tategaki). While it might looks simple and insignificant, the bamboo fences hold an important symbolism that stands for simplicity and fragility.
Zen Garden and its Fusen-Ishi are two inseparable elements. The oriental stone fountain's presence blend so well with its surrounding and add more aesthetic points in the garden. Furthermore, the stone fountain arranged in the Yunoki Style represents Peace and Harmony, while the stream that flows beneath it symbolizes long prosperity for the principality.
The mini waterfall is a great addition that boost tranquility in the park. Visitors will not only experience peace by listening to its water splashes, they will also receive some spiritual knowledges only if they know the symbolism. This 3 metre mini waterfall not only represent the strength of Man and Nature but also depicting the divine mountain where the Japanese Gods reside (according to Japanese belief).
You'll easily spot this beautiful bridge thanks to its cheerful red color. The Taikobashi is also called the Bridge of Happiness, you'll have to pass this bridge to go to the scenic Tea House on the other side of the koi pond. On your way, you'll notice two small islands that represent the Tortoise and the Crane, the symbols of longevity in Japanese culture.
How to Get Tickets?
You might think you'll need to pay large amount of money to enter the Japanese Garden, but actually the garden is accessible for free! The garden is open from 09:00 AM to 5:45 PM.
How To Get Around?
The only possible way to get around the Japanese Garden is by exploring it on foot. You don't have to worry of getting exhausted since the atmosphere in the garden will recharge your energy.
What Should I Wear?
You can wear any clothes that feels comfortable to you. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes since you'll explore the Japanese Garden on foot.
Best Time to Visit
There's no particular ideal time to visit the Japanese Garden. However you might want to avoid weekends because the garden will surely get more crowded. Afternoon is considered the best time as the weather will be much cooler.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you don't necessarily need a guide since the Japanese Garden is located right in the heart of the Principality. Transportations is easy and you'll receive any informations you need in this website.
How To Get There?
Japanese Garden of Monaco is relatively easy to reach from any parts in Monte Carlo. You can reach the garden by walking or take a public transportation.