Due to popular demand, the gardens of Rome's Japanese Cultural Institute have extended their May opening to 5-20 June.
The institute's gardens are the work of the renowned garden designer Ken Nakajima, who was also responsible for the Japanese section of the botanic gardens in Trastevere.
With their cherry trees, wisteria, irises and dwarf pines they feature all the essential elements associated with the Sen-en style, including a waterfall, ponds, an ornamental bridge and a traditional tōrō stone lamp.
Groups of 15-20 people will be brought on guided tours, free of charge, but bookings can only be made by telephone. To reserve a place on the tour tel. 063224754.
To learn more about Japanese culture in Rome see the Wanted in Rome article.
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Japanese Gardens in Rome
Istituto Giapponese di Cultura, Via Antonio Gramsci 74, tel. 063224754. www.jfroma.it. Mon-Fri 09.00-12.30/13.30-18.30. Wed until 17.30.