The first of the two large estate gardens, the Japanese garden covers approximately 9 acres. In 2002, construction began in excavating and connecting 5 separate ponds, all with differing elevation levels, which connect and converge to form the unique waterfall complex that empties into Emerald Lake. The main feature of the Japanese garden is Mount Fuji, the highest point in the garden.
In 2003, under the direction of renowned Japanese landscape architect, Mr. Keiji Asakura, the Japanese garden was heavily planted with over 2,000 storage trees with the idea of letting them grow for 10-12 years before planting Phase II shrubs and flowerbeds. A short list of storage trees includes bald cypress, eucalyptus, bamboo, Japanese black pine, Japanese blueberry, olive, dogwood, 5 types of oak trees, tongue, loquat, gingko, plus many more. And, there is almost a mile of walking path throughout this area.
In 2011, a Japanese bonsai-pruning expert, Mr. M. Iwasa, spent several months trimming and pruning in the garden, specifically the Japanese black pine and Japanese blueberry trees, and preparing it for Phase II. It is truly a work of art and a project in progress.