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Many different parks and structures are within the Bosques de Palermo, one of the most impressive points of interest here, however, is the Jardín Japonés, or the Japanese Garden.

The Jardín Japonés is the largest one in the world outside of Japan. It was originally located in Retiro, but was demolished and moved to Palermo in 1967, when the Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko (at the time) visited Argentina. The original garden in Retiro was much smaller; the current garden sits on two hectares of land, owned by the Japanese Argentine Cultural Foundation.

Many say that this is the nicest garden in Palermo; none would argue that it is definitely in the running, at least. This jewel is extremely well maintained, in part thanks to the entrance fee, which goes entirely to the garden’s maintenance.

The garden is filled with a wide variety of plants, most of which are native to Japan, such as the azalea, the sakura, the momiji, and the katsura. It also has a some native South American plants, such as the floss silk trees and tipa. Within the park are several traditional granite sculptures, in line with Japanese and Buddhist traditions. A Japanese Buddhist Temple also sits within the park, providing a place of worship.

Covering a large portion of the garden is a large lake, which is crossed by two traditional bridges. The lake is home to dozens of large, colorful, hungry carp, which surface and pucker at the surface at any sign of human life above. Scattered throughout the park are various telescopes that can be used for watching the beautiful birds that come and perch on the rocks that are placed throughout the lake.


The garden itself, as beautiful as it is, is not the only thing offered by the Jardín Japonés. Culinary arts are supported by the on-site restaurant, which offers some of the finest sushi and Japanese food in the city. It is open for lunch and dinner everyday, expect for Tuesday nights.

Near the entrance to the garden is a greenhouse filled with bonsais, an integral part of Japanese horticulture. Bonsais, koi fish, and other plants and products are available for purchase at the Kadan Greenhouse (Vivero Kadan, in Spanish).

Recently inaugurated, artisan Japanese products are offered in a gift shop, as well, bringing even more Japanese culture to the center. These products represent a variety of different Japanese disciplines, and can provide a bit of education about Japanese culture, as well.

For bookworms, there is a library on site, open everyday. There, you can find books, magazines and newspapers about Japanese culture and gardens. There is also a children’s section, and origami events are often organized. There are other great places to visit in Palermo which you can read more about in this Buenos Aires Travel Guide.

Finally, the Jardín Japonés offers various cultural events from time to time, seeking to educate the public about the Japanese culture, and expand on what the regular resources already provide. The garden is not only a peaceful way to spend an afternoon, but it is an overall enriching experience. And being the largest such garden outside of Japan itself, it is not one to be missed.

The Jardín Japonés can be accessed from the corner of avenues Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, in Bosques de Palermo.

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