2022: A Hidden Japanese Garden on Long Island

Is there anything more magical than walking through a serene garden?

It’s here in Oyster Bay, New York, at this Japanese Garden created by John P. Humes after being inspired by the beauty and serenity of the gardens in Kyoto, Japan.

A self-portrait, posing in front of a bamboo door.

While it’s my second time here, it’s always so mesmerizing. It transports me once again to Kyoto, Japan. 

The admission is free, and it’s open on Saturdays and Sundays from morning to afternoon. 

Here are some of the things you can check out:

The Japanese Tea House

After going down a dirt path and a wooden bridge, you can find a Japanese-inspired tea house on your right. 

For me, it’s definitely the highlight of the place. This simple yet majestic structure attracts anyone who visits for the first time or even their third or fourth time. 

There are tea ceremonies or even meditation events a few times a year. 

Solitary Walks 

While situated on an incline, these pebbled trails are meant to be strolled on – no need to rush through the path. Each step is meditative. 

All in all, although this Japanese garden may seem hidden, it is inviting for all. 

Do you have a favorite garden? I hope you’re doing well. (:


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