Hidden away in a rather unknown Flemish city, you will find a Japanese garden full of cherry trees.

Japanese Garden of Hasselt

I can’t recall now how I ever came to find this place but I’m sure glad I did. In fact, this garden in Hasselt boasts the title of being the biggest Japanese garden in Europe.

Japanese Garden of Hasselt

The park is full of cherry trees, magnolia trees, koi ponds and even a waterfall. It’s a tranquil place full of greenery with a few traditional Japanese houses.

Japanese Garden of Hasselt

The garden was a result of a friendship between the cities of Hasselt and Itami. Hence, it continually celebrates Japanese culture.

Japanese Garden of Hasselt

They organize events ranging from IkebanaArt of Japanese flower arrangement, with formal display according to strict rules., calligraphy to tea ceremonies and much more. Since the garden oozes tranquility, I was happy we visited it on a calm Wednesday afternoon.

Japanese Garden of Hasselt

We were able to comfortably enjoy our walk through the garden and take lots of photos. Towards the end of our visit, it was snowing cherry blossom petals!

Japanese Garden of Hasselt

The wind softly carried the petals away while we stood there in awe. The visit to the garden made me want to live closer to it so I could visit it more often in the spring.

Japanese Garden of Hasselt

April has already amazed with all the colors of spring and there is still more to come.

Japanese Garden of Hasselt

By the end of the month, we’ll have visited the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken and the Hallerbos forest. April might be on a good path of becoming my favorite month!

Japanese Garden of Hasselt

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