cultural district

Kasugai Gardens

near the Queensway Transit Exchange


Hidden away behind City Hall in downtown Kelowna.

Kasugai Gardens is truly hidden in the middle of the cultural district in Kelowna's downtown core. In fact, many locals have either never been there or have forgotten about it completely, such is the manner in which it is tucked away behind City Hall and surrounded by walls. Not being able to easily see into it also means that you can't really see out from inside either, allowing visitors to take a moment, center themselves, and enjoy the calm away from the busy nearby streets and avenues.

Seasonal Hours

The gardens have opened for the season and will be open until September 30th, 2021

Spring Season
Opens in Early March
9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily

Summer Season
Starting Victoria Day Weekend
9:00 am to 8:00 pm daily

Fall Season
Following Labour Day
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Winter Season
From October 1st to Early March

NOTE - The COVID-19 pandemic and the provincial emergency delcaration have placed restrictions on gatherings of most sorts, including outdoor events, so please follow BC guidelines when planning your visit.

Where does the name "Kasugai Gardens" come from?

The cities of Kelowna, BC, Canada and Kasugai, Aichi, Japan became sister cities back in the early 1980s, and the Japanese garden here in Kelowna, along with "Kelowna Boulevard" in Kasugai, were created in honour of the newly formed kinship.

What is a Japanese garden?

Generally speaking, Japanese gardens are based on traditional Japanese philosophies and aesthetics, and are often constructed using aged/distressed materials which are used to construct sparse bridges and benches so as not to disrupt the natural setting. They often include stone lanterns, wooden bridges, waterfalls, ponds and various plants and other natural ornaments. The overall effect is one of tranquility and calm, allowing for soft conversation or time in meditation or reflection. The concepts behind them and the actual practice of designing and nurturing them go back over a thousand years.

As an ancient society, Japan has gone through numerous periods, such as the well known recent Edo and Meiji periods, and each one has been reflected in the gardens of its era. While many wonderful books chronicle the variety of these special places, we are lucky to have one such garden here in town, and is accessible to all and at no charge.

Nearby Hotels
Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre - (0.4 km)
Accent Inns - (1.5 km)
Coast Capri Hotel - (1.6 km)
Manteo Resort - (4.6 km)
Best Western Inn Kelowna - (4.8 km)
Holiday Inn Express - (5 km)
Days Inn - (5.8 km)

Nearby Places to Eat

Being situated just one block from Bernard Avenue, there is a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, and coffee shops for visitors and locals alike to grab a quick bite or settle in for a full meal. This includes pubs like Kelly O'Brian's, Doc Willoughby's, and O'Flannigan's as well as restaurants such as Momo Sushi and At 509, and coffee shops including Blenz, Starbucks and The Bean Scene, among many others. Something for every taste and every budget.

Kasugai Gardens
1435 Water St, Kelowna BC V1Y 1J4