Jardin Japonais de Toulouse is a beautiful botanical garden located in the Compans-Caffarelli Park. Jardin Japonais de Toulouse has the Japanese feel to it and it really looks like a zen garden in Japan. The garden is not as big as any other gardens but it is considered as one of the most remarkable gardens in France. This garden is made as a replica of a garden in Kyoto, Japan, and was built in 1981. It is called a Tsukiyama type garden with its artificial hills and pavilion in it. The garden looks so pretty during the spring as the flowers are blooming, and the spring is considered as sacred months in Japan so you can experience the feel of it without going to Japan and just by visiting the garden just out of the downtown city.
Exploring the Compans-Caffarellli area and see the Japanese zen garden, Jardin Japonais de Toulouse
1. Canal du Midi
Canal du Midi is a French canal located near the Jardin Japonais de Toulouse and connects Toulouse and the Mediterranean Sea. It covers the area as long as 240 kilometres making it one of the longest in France. Canal du Midi is a place for you to relax and see the flow of water while you are visiting the place with your fiends or family and have fun alongside the canal. You can also board a cruise to explore the canal.
2. Musee Saint-Raymond
Musee Saint-Raymond is an archeological museum in Toulouse and it is located within walking distance to Jardin Japonais de Toulouse. It has unique collections of antique things inside the museum you might want to see as the collections are rarely to be seen anywhere but here. Musee Saint-Raymond is also a place where you can learn the early history of Toulouse so if you have time, you can try and visit Musee Saint-Raymond.
3. La Basilique Saint Sernin
La Basilique Saint Sernin is the largest Romanesque church in France which is in one area with Musee Saint-Raymond and Jardin Japonais de Toulouse. It is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO so it is a popular place to visit for both locals and tourists coming to this area. You can come take a look and take pictures of this magnificent building.
How to Get Tickets?
The park offers free admission for everyone visiting Jardin Japonais de Toulouse so you can just enter the park to relax and have fun.
How To Get Around?
You can get around Jardin Japonais de Toulouse and the surrounding area as it is all located closely and you can reach the places just by walking leisurely.
What Should I Wear?
There is no dress code required to enter Jardin Japonais de Toulouse. You can choose to wear anything you're comfortable with.
Best Time to Visit
You might want to visit Jardin Japonais de Toulouse in the spring as the flower are supposed to be on their full bloom during the spring. It is mostly sunny during the spring and the weather isn't as humid as during the summer. To avoid the crowds, you need to go to Jardin Japonais de Toulouse early in the morning as it is popular and gets crowded at noon and the evening.
Will I Need a Guide?
You won't need a guide as you can just take a quick or relaxed stroll along the garden just to enjoy the scenery and take pictures of the beautiful trees and flowers. There will be many picturesque places. You might want to take pictures or you can enjoy your time strolling in the garden leisurely.
How To Get There?
You can go to Jardin Japonais de Toulouse by car, taxi, or public transportation. Uber is also available in the city. If you choose to go to Jardin Japonais de Toulouse by public transportation, the closest station to Jardin Japonais de Toulouse will be Compans Cafarelli.
You are not allowed to bring your bicycle inside this small Japanese garden and only allowed to use it outside. The park opens at 7.45AM and closes at 6.30PM. You can come whenever you like but make sure you don’t come too close to the closing hours as you might want to take many pictures and relax in the place.