Himeji Japanese Gardens - Adelaide - Review

We're heading to Adelaide soon and reminiscing on our visit late last year. One little gem we visited back in September was the Himeji Japanese Gardens located on South Terrace between Pulteney and Hutt Streets. Established in 1985 in celebration of Adelaide's sister city partnership with Himeji in Japan, the Himeji Gardens blend two classic styles: the ‘senzui’ style that displays the beauty of lakes and mountains, and the ‘kare senzui’ style that uses rocks to evoke the presence of water and oceans.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

T'his cute garden is a replica of a traditional styled Japanese garden. I say 'cute' because it is small and a quick visit however we did enjoy it! Such a peaceful setting, we found other visitors relaxing to the sounds and smells of the garden among the willows and the little stream. If your kids are anything like my wonderers, caution must be taken near the pond.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

When we visited, rangers were planting in the 'senzui' style garden and were resetting the 'kare senzui' style dry garden with the typical sand, rocks and moss. A very calming setting and we would have loved to be able to rake the sand away and reset our minds but we watched the rangers do it instead ha!

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

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We really enjoyed the tranquil and peaceful Himeji Japanese Gardens and highly recommend you pop in when you are visiting Adelaide.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • The Himeji Japanese Gardens is located between Pulteney and Hutt Street near Adelaide city.
  • Admission is free.
  • There is some free parking in front of the gardens.
  • The gardens are open from 8am to 5.30pm, seven days a week except during April to September when it closes at 4.30pm on weekends and public holidays.
  • Guided tours are available via bookings.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.