Japanese Garden Tour

Sunday, August 18th, 2024 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cranbrook House and Gardens
380 Lone Pine Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Adults: $15
Full-time Students with ID: $10

Japanese Garden Tours depart from the courtyard in front of Cranbrook House. Cranbrook Japanese Garden tours are led by the staff of Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, which also is responsible for the current effort to restore and rehabilitate the garden.


The Cranbrook Japanese Garden is among the oldest Japanese-style gardens in North America. Created in 1915 as a part of the country estate of Cranbrook’s founders George and Ellen Booth, this one-acre, pond-style strolling garden, is located at the eastern edge of Kingswood Lake, midway between Cranbrook House and Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School. The garden, which is centered on the Lily Pond and its two small islands, features an iconic vermillion Japanese-style bridge, the original 1915 Japanese Kasuga Lantern, and the recently rehabilitated Lily Pond Cascade with its new Mountain Lantern.

This walking tour will take you from the Booth's manor home to the Japanese Garden, a ten-minute walk, and through the winding paths of this peaceful garden while you learn about the history of this space and its trees and the Center's current efforts to rejuvenate the garden. 

For more information on this unique landscape, please see our main Cranbrook Japanese Garden webpage.

Advance ticket sales for each weekend close Friday at 10:00am Eastern Time. Tours regularly sell out. Tickets must be purchased online and cannot be purchased at the house. 

All tours of the Japanese Garden depart from the courtyard in front of Cranbrook House. Free parking is available in the Cranbrook House lot off of Lone Pine Road. Cranbrook House is a short walk from the parking lot. Additional parking is available in the parking lot on the west side of Cranbrook Road, in the gravel Brookside Overflow lot. Enter the Brookside Overflow parking lot through the iron gates, directly across the street from Thornlea (700 Cranbrook Road). 

You do not need to print your ticket. You will be asked to provide your name to the Collections Interpreter (Cranbrook staff guide) to verify your ticket. 

Please see the main Tour Information page for additional details about the garden, including accessibility and restrooms. 

By registering for this event, you agree to our photography, refund, and other policies.


Banner: The Red Bridge in Fall 2022; Photography by Marilee Barnett.

Cherry blossoms in the Cranbrook Japanese Garden, Spring 2023; Photography by Gregory Wittkopp

View of the Cranbrook Japanese Garden with visitors from the Lily Pond Cascade, 2019; Photography by Daniel Smith CAA'21.