Nestled along a lush, winding road in vibrant Delray Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County) – just one hour north of Miami – is a serene treasure – Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Morikami is the place to experience the ambience of Japan with 16 acres of specially designed gardens, a gallery of rotating Asian-inspired exhibits, a fully-stocked museum shop and a cafe overlooking the spectacular garden view.
We attract visitors from around the world, nation and locally because we are so unique — a combination of Eastern beauty and Western accessibility. Morikami – the only museum in the United States wholly dedicated to the living culture of Japan – plays host to a number of festivals and events, showcasing Florida’s link to Japan. Here are a few of the attractions that make Morikami a worthwhile stop on any traveler’s itinerary, any time of the year:
- Roji-en: Gardens of the Drops of Dew (the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Japanese Gardens) – Featuring six Japanese garden styles, Roji-En is situated on 16 acres. The gardens surround Morikami Lake and lead walkers approximately a mile through meandering greenery, past towering bamboo and rushing waterfalls and beside beds of carefully raked pebbles. Roji-En was recognized as one of the top 10 Japanese gardens in Europe, North America and Australia by the Journal of Japanese Gardening.
- The Museum – A schedule of rotating exhibitions, along with an 8,000-piece permanent collection, bring the artistry, history and complexity of Japanese culture alive.
- The Cornell Café & Tea House – Chef Fu and Christie Chen create pan-Asian cuisine combining their culinary talent and Asian heritage. In addition, Morikamihouses the Seishin-an Tea House, where demonstrations of sado, the calming ritual of serving tea, is performed for visitors on a regular basis.
- Morikami’s Festivals & Public Programs – Three times a year, Morikami welcomes thousands to its signature festivals, where families and friends experience true Japanese entertainment. Visitors can ring in the New Year during our Oshogatsu celebration, welcome spring with the Hatsume Fair, and welcome back the spirits of loved ones who have passed away at the special Lantern Festival: I n the Spirit of Obon in October. Morikami also offers taiko drumming workshops and presentations throughout the year, a bevy of lectures, family fun programs, classes and so much more. Please visit www.morikami.org for details.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, is co-owned and operated by the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with Morikami, Inc. Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach off Jog Road between Linton Boulevard and Clint Moore Road. For more information about Morikami, its exhibitions and programs, call 561-495-0233 or visit www.morikami.org.