The Japanese Garden lies a leisurely 20 minute walk north of the Place du Capitole in central Toulouse, and offers a serene escape from the bustle of the city. Opened in 1983, the garden is part of the wider Compans Caffarelli public park, built on the site of an abandoned army barracks.
Stay near the Japanese Garden in Toulouse
If you’re the kind of traveller who likes to have lots of green space close at hand, one of Expedia’s Japanese Garden hotels could be for you. In the immediate vicinity you’ll find three and four-star properties belonging to some of the best known chains such as Novotel, ibis, Mercure and B&B Hotels, while a few minutes further south there are more independent and traditional choices as you reach the atmospheric streets of the Old Town.
What to See and Do in Toulouse’s Japanese Garden
At the Japanese Garden you’ll find a typical Far Eastern scene, with a minimalist wooden tea pavilion and an arched red bridge overlooking a mirror-like pond. All around are shrubs, trees and other features meticulously laid out in a traditional Japanese style, from bamboo-shaded walkways with carefully placed rocks, to precisely shorn topiary trees and areas of raked gravel. It’s the perfect place for an early morning stroll or spot of meditation or yoga.
Playgrounds and Refreshments in the Gardens
Alongside the Japanese Garden, there’s also a children’s playground and a refreshments kiosk, as well as a prominent sculpture known as ‘Flight of the Phoenix’, which the city of Atlanta presented as a gift to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the two cities’ twinning.
Other Attractions near the Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden lies right in the middle of Toulouse’s Compans Caffarrelli Park. The northern edge of the park borders the Canal du Midi, close to its confluence with the River Garonne. With plenty of hotels and central Toulouse tourist attractions nearby, the area around the Japanese Garden makes an attractive base for business and leisure travellers alike.