Morikami Japanese Gardens: Inside Florida’s Hidden Escape

Morikami Japanese Gardens in Delray is a serene escape from Miami's hustle, offering a visually stunning and fascinating oasis.

The gardens are remnants of a failed Japanese farming colony but now host Japanese New Year celebrations and world-class bonsai gardens.

Founded in 1903 by Jo Sakai on land bought from Henry Flagler, the Yamato Colony aimed to grow pineapples but faced crop failure.

After WWII, George Morikami, a former indentured servant, bought land in Palm Beach and converted it into the Morikami Japanese Gardens.

The gardens feature six sections of Japanese history, museums, and cultural displays, open daily except Mondays, with varied transportation options.