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In the 1950's, Mr. Kiyoshi Ichimura became enamored with the City of Miami and began sending dismantled objects and materials from Tokyo along with carpenters, gardeners and a landscape architect to design and construct, what in 1961 would become, the "San-Ai-An Japanese Garden."

The original location of the garden was Bayside Park in downtown Miami. It was moved to Watson Island when Bayside Park was redeveloped in 1960s. It was again moved to its present 1-acre site to facilitate construction of Jungle Island in 2001.

The City of Miami and landscape architect Lester Collins Pancoast and architect Thorn Grafton worked cooperatively with the Japanese Consul and The Friends of the Japanese Garden to redesign and reconstruct the Ichimura Japanese Garden.

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm - Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Free. The garden is not generally staffed, so you are on your own.

Location and parking
Located beside Jungle Island on Watson Island on the westbound lane of I-395 (MacArthur Causeway) between Miami Beach (South Beach at 5th. Street) and the City of Miami. Regrettably at present there is no official parking. To one side is a boat ramp which has a minimum US$ 10.00 parking fee, and on the other side is Jungle Island which charges US$ 7.00 for parking. You could of course park across the MacArthur Causeway for free, but would risk grievous bodily harm trying to cross over this speedway.

Bus services
C (103) From 41st. Street, Miami Beach via Collins and Washington Avenue to Jungle Island. Every 20 mins.
S 119 From Sunny Isles Beach, North and South Beach via Collins Ave to Jungle Island. Every 15 mins.

Address and Contacts:
Ichimura Japanese Garden
1101 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island
Miami, Florida 33139

Phone: (305) 416-1320 (City of Miami Department of Parks and Recreation)

e-mail:Ernest Burkeen (Director of Parks and Recreation)
URL: Ichimura Miami Japanese Garden

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