The Hayward Japanese Gardens is a quaint gem in the East Bay Area. Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, this Japanese Garden is perfect for photo shoots, an afternoon stroll, or just enjoying the koi fish. You can even have a small wedding here if you make reservations 30 days in advance!
The Hayward Japanese Gardens, located at 22373 N. 3rd St., is open form 8:30 am to 4 pm. There is plenty of parking in the parking lot adjacent to the Hayward Senior Center and handicapped parking available closer to the entrance. There are also restrooms available in the senior center if open and there is no entry fee. The paved path makes it easy for accessibility and there are no dogs allowed.
Once inside the gardens, you’ll enjoy many Bonzai trees and beautiful landscaping. Many trees have also been cut to give the appearance of an authentic Japanese garden. There is a Tea House and Koi pond with large Koi fish and turtles! Feeding the Koi fish is not permitted although I have seen people bring Koi food to feed them.
The gardens usually don’t get too crowded and is busiest during the weekends. Since the gardens are not that large and only takes 10 minutes or less to walk around the entire garden. There are a few benches to rest on as well as a few seating areas under the patio structures.
Many people do not know this garden exists in the San Francisco Bay Area and it is truly a hidden gem! I would definitely recommend stopping by if you’re in the area for a serene stroll!