Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre

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Len Whiteley Drive
Cowra NSW 2794
Tel: (02) 6341 2233
Fax: (02) 6341 1875
  • Important and interesting Japanese Cultural Centre
  • Celebrating the close ties between Cowra and Japan
  • Award winning landscape design
  • A must see when visiting Cowra
Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre was established to recognize and develop the relationship between the people of Cowra Shire and the people of Japan, a relationship that has its origins in the Prisoner of War Camp that housed the Japanese POWs.
In 1960 the Japanese Government decided to bring all their war dead from other parts of Australia to be re-buried at Cowra. This was the beginning of the friendship between Japan and the town of Cowra.

There are a range of events and activities available to visitors to explore the Japanese landscape and garden design aspects of the Cowra Japanese Garden.

The design of the Cowra Japanese Garden and the landscape incorporates the six elements in the design: - mountain, rocks, mountain waterfalls, mountain lakes, rivers turning into oceans and pine trees.

Visitors will experience and gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the Japanese garden and landscape design of the Edo period by walking the three kilometres of pathways designed to carry the visitor through the mountains of Japan, past the waterfalls in the mountains that flow into the mountain lakes and from there follow the water as it flows into the river and then the ocean.

The landscape design includes trimmed hedges and pine trees which are symbolic of the hills, reaching from the mountains to the ocean.

The Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre is open every day except Christmas Day between 8.30am to 5.00pm.
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