Photography Policy


Photographs are a wonderful way to remember your visit to The Japanese Garden and we encourage visitors to take general photographs for their own not-for-profit use.

However, if you are coming to the Garden for the purpose of filming for any reason or taking special event, pose and/or professional photographs (which include, without limitation; wedding, family, engagement, graduation, prom, birthday and school photographs and photographs for publication distribution and/or exhibition) you will need to obtain in advance a photography contract from the Garden or a film permit from “Film LA”. (It does not matter if the photographer or camera is professional).  Please note that there is a fee for all such filming and photography.

Specific Rules for All filming and Photography:

Filming and photographic activities can in no way impede others’ enjoyment of, or access to, any part of The Japanese Garden.

Tri-pods are not allowed for general photography.  Monopods only.

Photographers and subjects must stay on the Garden pathways at all times.  Walking or placing equipment or persons on the landscaped areas (which include the dry garden and pebble beaches) is prohibited.

Plants may not be moved, cut or handled in any way.

The type of photography you are taking is subject to staff’s evaluation.  If a staff member feels you are out of the boundaries of our photo rules, you will be asked to stop and/or exit the Garden.

The Japanese Garden is a City of Los Angeles-owned public garden and your adherence to these guidelines is required.


To complete a contract for Garden rental for photography or for commercial filming/photos, please call (818) 756-8166 Monday-Wednesday.

If permission is granted, the location credit should read “The Japanese Garden, 6100 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406”.



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