The Japanese Garden at Cowden was created in 1908 and closed to the public in 1955. Aside from being beautiful and peaceful, the garden is the only one of its type in the world to have been designed by a Japanese woman, Taki Handa.
Cowden Garden has undergone three years of intensive restoration. Although there are areas still to be restored there is more than enough for visitors to enjoy. Described in 1925 by Professor Jijo Suzuki as 'the most important Japanese garden in the Western World', the garden consists of several acres of Japanese influenced landscape with a perimeter path around the small loch. There is an additional twenty acres of woodland hiding great walks, a children's play park, games and activities. Don't forget to leave enough time to enjoy our Cowden Tearoom.
The garden is located 3/4 mile from the A91 on the Upper Hillfoot Road between Muckhart and Dollar.
Approximate driving times by car:
Edinburgh 45 minutes
Glasgow: 1 hour
Stirling: 30 minutes
Gleneagles: 20 minutes
St. Andrews: 1 hour
Perth: 1 hour
The St Andrews - Stirling Bus has a stop on the A91. approx. 3/4 mile from the garden entrance