Cowra Japanese Garden
Visiting the Cowra Japanese Garden is an essential highlight of Cowra. Its creation and architecture have played a large role in recognising the Japanese culture and heritage that have long held roots in Cowra. The garden is a representation of the union between Australia and Japan, meant to help heal and reconcile after the effects of World War II. Designed in 1979 by Ken Nakajima, the garden is an architectural treasure symbolising Japanese landscapes including the mountains, streams and koi ponds known by the culture.
Every September, the Sakura Matsuri, or the Cherry Blossom Festival, is held here where Japanese art, music, tea ceremonies, and martial arts are held. Aside from this festival, the grounds are open year-round where you can see displays of Japanese art, pottery and Nanga paintings. There is also a large Bonsai House displayed as well as a gift shop with small Japanese and Australian mementoes.