The Japanese Garden in Hasselt, Belgium, is one of my favourite places to visit for a relaxing walk during the weekend. It is absolutely breath-taking this time of year with the blossoms making the garden just a tad extra special. I didn’t have the chance to go during the spring time the past few years, but this year I finally made in time to see the garden in bloom!
I don’t know about you but I love spring. The days are getting longer, nature gets its colour back and the weather is usually better. I say usually because you know, I live in Belgium and mother nature is so moody here all the time. When we visited the garden, it had just rained a few hours before and when we were about to leave it started raining again. Luckily we had some beautiful sunny moments in between to walk around and enjoy our surroundings.
I didn’t know this when we paid for the tickets but these are really special. Further into the garden, right were all the blossom trees seem to group together, you can write a wish or a dream on your ticket and hang it on a wooden beam. And maybe, just maybe your dream will come true.
” Happiness, love and peace for everyone”
When I was younger, I used to love the Japanse Garden in Hasselt soley because of all of the Koi fish in the pond. At the entrance you have the possibility to buy fish food so you can feed the fish while discovering the park. At a certain moment there are steps leading down to the edge of the water and if you are patient the Koi come up to get your food. We had some ducks, eating the food before most of the fish could get to it though.
I must admit, this was a lot more exciting when I was younger but I still enjoyed it nevertheless. We had some fish food left over and gave it to a family who were just entering the garden when we were about to leave. The kids were so excited to feed the fish!
I am excited to go back for another visit to the garden in October. It is said to be gorgeous during autumn as well! In matter of fact, this year it is the park 25ft anniversary. The garden is usually closed during the colder months but they are having a big celebratory birthday party in November! If you are ever in the neighborhood I would definitely recommend visiting the garden. I keep on coming back because I adore it so much!
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Tickets: 5€ for adults, children -12 free entry
Open from: 4 March – 31 october, 10 am – 5 pm
Closed on Mondays
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I know I am probably the only one, but I just can’t get enough of blossoms! Do you have any gorgeous gardens in your neighborhood?
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