South Florida Vacation Highlight – Morikami Japanese Gardens

Woodruf Memorial BridgeMy sister was visiting from Michigan last week and, being a lover of nature and photography, I just had to bring her to visit Morikami Japanese Gardens and Museum in Delray Beach, Florida.

Morikami Flowers

What a gorgeous place to relax and de-stress. Meander down paths surrounded by beautiful blooming flowers, trees and shrubs, over Japanese bridges and admire the symmetry and restfulness of six different types of Japanese rock gardens.

Hiraniwa Flat Garden




Morikami FallsIt is not a place to hurry through but one to stop and listen to the sounds of nature – of waterfalls, the rippling of a hidden creek, the chirp of a bird or the rustling  of a bamboo grove.


Wisdom Ring


Check out the Wisdom Ring, a replica of a 500-year-old stone lantern that now stands as a symbol of Miyazu, Delray Beach’s sister city in Japan. The original stands in a temple dedicated to the deity of wisdom in Monju Japan.


Bonsai Exhibit

On display is a wonderful exhibit of bonsai, some as old as 400 years, or if you have children with you, let them wander the exhibit of  “Japan Through the Eyes of a Child”. Here they can actually sit in a Japanese classroom or learn about their kitchens and bathrooms.


It is a place that can be enjoyed by young and old and an enormous amount of gratitude is extended to George Sukeji Morikami, one of the original Japanese settlers of the Yamato Colony,  for donating the land for this beautiful garden.

Check out more amazing photos in the gallery.


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Linda Warren is a former marketing director and now owns her own vacation planning website, She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Asia and is sharing her experiences and love of new places with her fellow travelers. Very curious and organized, she researches each trip and plans itineraries with the intent of getting the most out of each exciting destination. Join Linda on her website,, and take advantage of her vast knowledge and research to make your vacation planning simple and fun.
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