Ju Raku En roughly translated, means to enjoy peace and longevity in a public place.
In a peaceful setting, Toowoomba’s Japanese Garden is located on the northern side of the University of Southern Queensland’s campus.
Jointly owned by USQ and Toowoomba City Council, the garden features three kilometres of paths surrounded by elements of mountain streams and waterfalls.
Along the paths you will discover 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants.
More than 100,000 people visit the gardens each year - which is open daily from 6am to dusk with free entry.
Japanese gardens always incorporate the use of rocks “to create three dimensional pictures in stone.”
All the rocks were accurately placed by the designer of the garden, Professor Kinsaku Nakane of Kyoto, to appear as if the rocks were naturally dispersed in a random way.
The master plan and design for the garden was prepared in Japan after a site analysis and intensive background studies.