Shinzen Garden Woodward Park

Shinzen Gardens is the prettiest place in the city of Fresno, in our opinion. It is a Japanese garden that you would expect to see in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, however, it is right inside our own Woodward Park. Walk the paths and view arched bridges, koi ponds, bonsai, along with a multitude of beautiful flowering trees and shrubs. This peaceful setting is the most beautiful in the spring when the flowers are most abundant, but worthwhile to see any time of year. This is a place where you will want to take your out-of-town visitors.

  • Located in Fresno’s Woodward Park
  • Open Wed-Sun 10am to 7pm - Hours may vary - Check their website
  • Fee:  $5 for adults, $1 for children  
  • Parking fee required.
  • Open all year.
  • Requires minimal walking.

Photo Tips

Bring a wide angle to zoom lens.   A polarized filter is helpful for the water, koi ponds and glare from the sun.  Casual photography is allowed.  Professional photography sessions (i.e. Senior Pictures, Engagement/Wedding) require a permit.