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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.


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General 

Admission

Adult $15

Child $7

Nonmembers

Member

Admission

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Adult $7

Child FREE

Members

Child: 3-12  | Adult: 13+

Festival Level

Members

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6 Adults FREE

Child FREE

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

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.

September 2

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

No candlelight walks.

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

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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.

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Tour Group Parking

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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. 

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. 

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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. 3 Stripes Essentials 3 Pants Pants Pants 3 Stripes Stripes Essentials Essentials Cash only.

Maximum four tickets per person.

per person

SET 1    11 a.m. | noon | 1 p.m. 

SET 2   2 p.m. | 3 p.m. | 4 p.m. 

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

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.

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  • A Little Bit of Japan
  • Animeggroll
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  • Anime St. Louis
  • Arise, Inc.
  • Artezanato Studio
  • Bonsai Society
       of Greater St. Louis
  • Cass Bonsai Gardens
  • Copper Crane Pottery
  • 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
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  • Pomegranate Designs
  • James Howe Pottery
  • St. Louis Kenjinkai
  • St. Louis Okinawa Eisa
  • SumoFish Design
  • Suwa/St. Louis Sister City
       Committee

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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

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