As surprising as it may be, in one of highest rent district of the world, a crowded location internationally acclaimed as the capital for luxury and glamour, a short walk from the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea is an adorable small Japanese garden (7000 m2).
Dreamed of by Princess Grace, it was created by Prince Rainier in 1994. This is an oasis of tranquility, serenity and peace, a miniature representation of Nature and all its elements harmoniously mixed : mountains, hills, waterfalls, beaches and lakes. Behind every scene is a symbol. Here, the Stone Fountain (Fusen-Ishi) symbolizes a spring flowing towards the lake (1100 m2), it ensures long prosperity for the Principality of Monaco. With its lotus flower, The Stone Lantern in the ‘Yunoki’ style, represents peace.
The flamboyant, almost fluorescent pink flowers of the Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia Indica) provides a nice contrast with the turquoise blue of the Mediterranean Sea in the background
Overlooking the lake, Lantana Camara and Tree Germander (Teucrium Fruticans) are enjoying the unrelenting sun of the Riviera
This beautiful Cascade (Taki) expresses the strength of Man and Nature by its verticality, and symbolizes, by its 3-metre drop, all the coolness of a divine mountain.
A cute peaceful covered Terrace overlooking the lake as per the 12th century tradition,
where it is pleasant to take a break from the sun
and the traditional arched Japanese bridge, which represents happiness. This one is hugged by a beautiful Abelia Grandiflora.
The small islands, (Shima), which represent the tortoise and the crane, symbols of longevity, are quietly circled by 18 different species of Koi: Ogon, Ki Bekko, Chagoi….
There is a rich variety of trees and shrubs in the garden: pines, maples, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, bottle trees from all corners of the world.
The gate of the Tea House, intentionally low, opens out on a path (Roji), especially designed to encourage visitors to walk with little steps,
and leads to five water stones (Tsukubai). Invented by Rikyu, these stones incite the visitors to purify mind and body with a ladle of water, a necessary preparation before entering the Tea House.
A Zen garden, where the gravel represents the ocean and the rocks represent the islands
If wandering in the Principality of Monaco, let your steps take you to this adorable garden, Jardin Japonais, you will come out in peace with poetry in your heart.