JAPANESE FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 1–3

labor day weekend

Print your ticket at home and proceed directly to entry when you arrive.

Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States.


Since 1977 the Garden has proudly hosted this unique event at one of the largest Japanese gardens in North America. A fruitful collaboration with several local Japanese-American organizations provides authentic Japanese music, art, dance, food, and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year. 

General 

Admission

Adult $15

Child $7

Nonmembers

Member

Admission

Adult $7

Child FREE

Members

Admission

Child: 3-12  | Adult: 13+

Festival Level

Members

and above

6 Adults FREE

Child FREE

Hours

Grounds open at 9 a.m. and remain open until 10 p.m. for candlelight walks.

Saturday

September 1

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Grounds open at 9 a.m. and remain open until 10 p.m. for candlelight walks.

Sunday

September 2

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

No candlelight walks.

Monday

September 3

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is easily accessible throughout the metro area and conveniently located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110.

(314) 577-5100

Phone

Address

There is no charge for parking at the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the event that the parking lot is full, visitors should use the free parking at the Metro multi-modal lots at the corner of Shaw Boulevard and Vandeventer.

View map

Parking

Tour Group Parking

Location and Parking

Festival Map

Schedule of Events

TOURS

The private Teahouse Island of the Japanese Garden will be open for guided public tours. Across a narrow cove and dobashi, or earthen bridge, is Teahouse Island. At the end of the bridge stands a snow-viewing lantern, yukimi-doro, a gift from St. Louis’s sister city of Suwa, Japan. The teahouse itself, a gift from Missouri’s sister state of Nagano, Japan, is sacred in Japanese culture. This soan, or “farm hut” style teahouse, was built in Japan, reassembled here by Japanese craftsmen, and dedicated with a Shinto ceremony in 1977. The teahouse is screened by hedges to create a sense of remoteness. 

Teahouse Island Tours

Saturday and Sunday 

SET 1    Noon | 1 p.m. | 2 p.m. | 3 p.m. 

SET 2    4 p.m. | 5 p.m. | 6 p.m. | 7 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 per person and will be sold twice daily at the Plum Viewing Arbor. Tickets go on sale one hour before the first scheduled tour of each set, and are sold for all tours in that set at once. There are only 20 spots available for each tour. Tours begin on the hour. Tickets sold at Plum Viewing Arbor. Maximum four tickets per person. Cash only.

Maximum four tickets per person.

$10

per person

Monday 

SET 1    11 a.m. | noon | 1 p.m. 

SET 2   2 p.m. | 3 p.m. | 4 p.m. 

Japanese Garden Guided Walking Tours

Tours begin every half-hour near the boat-shaped basin at the north entrance to the Japanese Garden, every day of the festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No additional charge

Every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Free

Candlelight Walks

Enjoy self-guided, evening-hours tours around the Japanese Garden, splendidly illuminated by shoji lanterns. Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m. No additional charge.

Self-guided from 8  to 10 p.m. | Free

MARKETPLACE

  • A Little Bit of Japan
  • Animeggroll
  • Anime St. Louis
  • Arise, Inc.
  • Artezanato Studio
  • Bonsai Society
       of Greater St. Louis
  • Cass Bonsai Gardens
  • Copper Crane Pottery

Merchandise Vendors

  • Far East Emporium
  • Gilbert Chen
  • Heavenly Cranes Jewelry
  • Japan America Society
       Women’s Association
  • Kodomo No Asobi,
       Japanese Language School
  • Natsukashi-ya
  • Plum Tree Studio
  • Pomegranate Designs
  • James Howe Pottery
  • St. Louis Kenjinkai
  • St. Louis Okinawa Eisa
  • SumoFish Design
  • Suwa/St. Louis Sister City
       Committee

Sassafras

Soups, salads, sandwiches, and Japanese specials will be available. 

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday,  9 a.m.
to 4 p.m.; 

  • Bonsai and Ikebana
       Orthwein Floral Display Hall
  • Calligraphy Exhibit
        Beaumont Room
  • BBC Asian Bar and Café
  • Café Roji
  • Chef DeArt
  • Confluence Kombucha
  • Confluence Zen Center
  • Drunken Fish
  • Ed’s Foods
  • Japan America Society/
  •    Seinen Kai Committee
  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • Kampai Sushi Bar
  • Niji Choral Group
  • Ozark Forest Mushrooms
  • PokeDoke 
  • Sushi Kitchen
  • United Provisions

Food Vendors

Art Exhibits

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Print your ticket at home and proceed directly to entry when you arrive.