The Japanese garden in the city south parklands near the corner of South Terrace and Glen Osmond Road.

 adds to Adelaide's links
with its sister city, the ancient Himeji


A CLASSICAL JAPANESE GARDEN, IN THE CITY PARKLANDS,  near the corner of South Terrace and Glen Osmond Road, is a gift from the ancient city of Himeji to celebrate its sister-city link (from 1982) with Adelaide.

The garden blends two Japanese classic styles that a profoundly significant:

  • the senzui land and mountain garden, where water and the imagination create images of vastness and grandeur.and
  • the kare senzui dry garden, where rocks and sand evoke the presence of water, even the sea itself.

The garden was originally designed by council staff but, after two visits by Japanese landscape designer Yohshitaka Kumada in the late 1980s, its layout was improved to adhere to traditional principles.

Some Australian native plants have been used in traditional style with the Japanese.

Aimed at creating a walled oasis of peace and tranquility, the garden is open seven days a week. From 8am to 5.30pm. Guided tours are available.

Adelaide city  is also looking at setting up traditional Chinese rose garden that might be used for performances, tai chi and other activities.

Aaron Duff who heads the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide, which promotes learning of Chinese language and culture, is expected to advise the city council on the plans.

South Australia has a sister province with Shandong and Adelaide's sister city relationship is with Qingdao, also in Shandong province. The 30th anniversary of the relationship between South Australia and Shandong and 15 years between Qingdao and Adelaide was marked in 2017.


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