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Japanese Garden

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Address: Gouverneur Verwilghensingel 23, Hasselt 3500, Belgium
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+32 11 23 52 00

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Another lovely visit, in spring this time!

Spring time (and the autumn) are perfect time to pay a visit to the Japanese Garden in Hasselt. During spring the cherry trees blossoms. There are different type of cherry trees... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spring time (and the autumn) are perfect time to pay a visit to the Japanese Garden in Hasselt. During spring the cherry trees blossoms. There are different type of cherry trees which bloom at different times, enabling the Japanese Garden to have 4 week "Cherry Blossom Festival". While the garden is the largest garden in Europe, it is a relatively... More 

Thank Flying-Dutch-Lady
Genk, Belgium
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50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately the weather was not great but that day there was a festival where people were dressed like Japanese comic figures. This was for me more attraction than the garden itself. Mid April only a few trees has blossom, most was gone. I can imagine when in Blossom it will be a lot nicer. I had expected a far bigger... More 

Thank Bob M
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262 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went with the kids for a Sunday afternoon walk. I and my wife expected somehow different picture (based on some visits to other Japanese gardens), but it was nice. And it looks Japanese. As all gtrees were blossoming, we took many nice pictures. For the kids main attraction were fish - small and big and very big. They spent... More 

Thank Rexonaut
Brussels, Belgium
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ideal place to have a relax time in a traditional Japanese garden one of the most beautiful I saw outside Japan ideal for romantic couples, families with children a place not to mis....

Thank RonV808
Brussels, Belgium
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79 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been there at the end of the blossom festival. A nice garden with little rivers and a lot of places to relax. It is not very big but not really small either. It is not badly done, but it still feels a little "empty". If all nature grows a little more and if they make it a little more lush,... More 

Thank EuroMaverick
Brussels, Belgium
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552 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 802 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having driven for an hour, I really wanted to like it. The location isn't great - in the middle of some massive quarry or dig of some sort, so you have to really try not to look around too much. As this was the Cherry Blossom festival, the parking lot was overflowing, but we found another. I am glad I... More 

Thank giulietta429
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tour in 15 min is possible but you will miss the point, I'm pretty sure that the creator of the garden tried to bring a piece of Japan in Belgium.. Immerse yourself in the nature, take the zen attitude and start your own journey through the alleys with fresh eyes and ears.. don't miss the koi (where can you see... More 

Thank BenoitY
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These gardens are celebrating their 25 year and have just recently opened for the 2017 season. With plenty of Cherry Blossoms 'sakura' the Spring season is a must to see. Within the grounds is a beautiful flowing stream which is clear, enabling you to see the wide range of Koi fish. Take a glimpse of the Tea Rooms and transport... More 

Thank Ngaire73
Brussels, Belgium
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After queuing for 30min to get in, we then queued 50min for non-existent food, then 25 min for the toilet. There was a single person selling tickets for a line of 400 people. If this was Japan, the manager would have committed harakiri by now. The gardens themselves are OK, though nowhere near japanese standards.

1 Thank Zarrinqx
Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The Japanese garden in Hasselt is a personal favorite of mine. I visit it at least once every year. If you plan a visit, I really recommend you go in early April to catch the magnificent view of the blooming sakura trees (cherry blossom). Keep an eye out on the gardens Facebook page to addend one of the many special... More 

Thank Gilles V

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