The Japanese Garden

As a measure of caution related to the pandemic, The Japanese Garden temporarily closed in March 2020. We are currently working on re-opening plans and look forward to inviting visitors to return when it's safe for both staff and guests. Thank you for your continued support!

In June 1984, LA Sanitation unveiled its lovely authentic 6.5 acre Japanese Garden to the public as part of the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. The basic engineering concept was to build an attractive "upstream" facility for removing 95% of the water from sewage, which would relieve demand on the "downstream" main Hyperion facility in Playa del Rey and forestall the necessity of building another mainline sewage tunnel through the Valley. The other 5% of the water would be used to carry biosolids down to Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant where they would be processed to generate electricity. The Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant interfaces with the public through a Japanese Garden with a theme of the peaceful, beautiful uses of water.

The Japanese Garden is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 11am-4pm and Sundays from 10am-4pm (final admittance is at 3:15pm). It is advisable to call ahead for schedule changes in the case of inclement weather. Please note that the garden is closed on all official City of Los Angeles holidays.

Admission is only $5 per adult, $3 for seniors over the age of 62, and $3 for children ages 12 and under.

The Japanese Garden is located at the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant.

6100 Woodley Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91406

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