The Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden- save the date!

Click HERE to view the Festival Program!

This year we are pleased to be featuring the film Beyond the Barbed Wire: Japanese Americans in Minnesota. Two showings will take place, one at 11:30 AM and the other at 3:00 PM. Both showings will take place in the Fireside Room located within the Kopp Student Center. For more information click HERE.

In addition, we are excited that the Upper Midwest Koi Club will be holding their Fall Koi Auction in conjuntion with our Festival! For more information click HERE.



The Sword Experience is a dynamic event featuring a unique training program, designed and directed by Adrian Paul. With over 25 years of martial arts, film and television fight choreography experience, Adrian delivers a fun, hands on, graceful and insightful glimpse into the fundamentals and techniques required to be an expert swordsman. Crafted for all skill levels and ranges of capability, The Sword Experience is great for individuals or groups.

Click the image to the right to view footage of the The Sword Experience in the Japanese Garden in July, 2018  



Normandale Community College's Japanese Garden is a two-acre oasis on its campus in Bloomington, Minnesota. The beauty and serenity of the garden make it ideal for contemplation and renewal of the spirit.

The garden is open year-round at no charge, except when reserved for special events. We ask that children under 12 not visit the garden without supervision. A self-guided tour brochure is available inside the square shelter located in the garden. If you are not able to visit the garden, our online tour describes the landscaping and architectural features.

The Garden is maintained jointly by the College and the Japanese Garden Committee. The Normandale Community College Foundation acts as the fiduciary agent. This partnership ensures the future of the garden through maintenance, memberships, special gifts, and donations. We invite you to enter our garden through the gallery and then explore the website to learn more about the garden's features and history.

Directions to the Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden Festival Story (City of Bloomington TV)

The most recent version of the Japanese Garden Newsletter featured stories about the upcoming Japanese Garden Festival (on Sept. 22) commemorating Normandale's 50th year, a shout-out to three longtime Garden volunteers and other great stories. 

Click here to check out the most recent newsletter. 

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