You’ll find cultural glories inside the library’s impressive book collection, but the Huntington’s highlights are outdoors in its vast jigsaw of botanical gardens. The acres and acres of historic gardens are divided into a variety of themes, most notably its serene Japanese garden and bamboo forest. Highlights include a traditional five-room house, a ceremonial teahouse and a bonsai and zen court.
Among L.A.’s many beautiful botanical gardens, none are quite as tranquil as Japanese gardens. Though they vary in size, most share a few features: koi ponds, arched bridges and traditional teahouses. From a Little Tokyo rooftop to a Pasadena-area museum, these—among the best things to do in L.A.—are the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Los Angeles.