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Japanese Garden in Hasselt

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Japanese Garden, Hasselt (© Alison Cornford-Matheson - iStockphoto.com)
Japanese Garden in Hasselt.

Introduction

Japanese Garden, Hasselt (© Alison Cornford-Matheson - iStockphoto.com)

Laid out between 1985 and 1992, Hasselt's Japanese Garden (Japanse Tuin in Dutch) is the largest Japanese Garden in Europe.


Based on a 17th-century model, the garden spans on 2.5 hectares (6 acres) and possesses no less than 250 Japanese cherry trees.

Its creation symbolised the friendship between the inhabitants of Hasselt and those of their sister city of Itami (a suburb of Osaka and Kobe).

Events & Festivals

Various events in relation with Japanese culture take place at the garden, such as the Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) party in April, Koinobori ("floating carps" on children's day) in May, martial arts in June, Tanabata (star festival) in July, the Obon-matsuri (ancestors' remembrance and lantern festival) in mid August, or the Kiku-matsuri (chrysanthemum exhibition) in mid October.

Opening Hours & Admission

The garden is open from April to October, Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and weekends and public holidays from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Admission is 5 €.

How to get there

Tha garden is located in in Kapermolen Park in the northeast section of Hasselt, close to the Albert Canal. It is approximately 30 minutes walk (2.5 km) from Hasselt Railway Station. Bus H3 makes the journey there. Alight at 'Koning Boudewijnlaan - watertoren'.

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