labor day weekend

Print your ticket at home and proceed directly to entry when you arrive.

Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States.

Since 1977 the Garden has proudly hosted this unique event at one of the largest Japanese gardens in North America. A fruitful collaboration with several local Japanese-American organizations provides authentic Japanese music, art, dance, food, and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year. 

We hope you enjoy your experience. Yokoso!

Non-members | 13 and older


Members | 12 and under




and above




Non-members | 12 and under


Festival Level Members

13 and older

Free tickets for Festival Level and above are only available at the door.

No candlelight walks.


September 4

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Grounds open at 9 a.m. and remain open until 10 p.m. for candlelight walks.

September 3

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.



September 2

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Grounds open at 9 a.m. and remain open until 10 p.m. for candlelight walks.

Tour Group Parking

Location and Parking



The Missouri Botanical Garden is easily accessible throughout the metro area and conveniently located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110.

(314) 577-5100

There is no charge for parking at the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the event that the parking lot is full, visitors should use the free parking at the Metro multi-modal lots at the corner of Shaw Boulevard and Vandeventer.

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BioKyowa, Inc. | Consulate General of Japan in Chicago | Japan America Society of St. Louis Women’s Association

Japanese American Citizens League, St. Louis Chapter | Nippon Express USA, Inc. | Sushi Sen

Friends of the Japanese Festival

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Festival Level Members and above*

Adults FREE (save $15)

Children FREE (save $7)




more than

on Japanese

Festival Tickets!

Individual, Garden, and Friends & Family Level Members*

Adults $7 (save $8)

Children FREE (save $7)

Become a member today and enjoy valuable savings on festival tickets plus 12 months of discounts, exclusive events, and more!

For as little as $50 for one person or $75 for two, you can experience the Garden as only a member can. 

Join or upgrade your membership to the “Best Value” Festival level, and enjoy six free tickets to Japanese Festival, Best of Missouri Market, and Garden Glow!


SET 1    11 a.m. | noon | 1 p.m. 

Teahouse Island Tours

Enjoy self-guided, evening-hours tours around the Japanese Garden, splendidly illuminated by shoji lanterns. Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m. No additional charge.

Tours begin every half-hour near the boat-shaped basin at the north entrance to the Japanese Garden, every day of the festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No additional charge

Saturday and Sunday 

per person

SET 1    Noon | 1 p.m. | 2 p.m. | 3 p.m. 

Japanese Garden Guided Walking Tours

SET 2    4 p.m. | 5 p.m. | 6 p.m. | 7 p.m. 

Candlelight Walks

The private Teahouse Island of the Japanese Garden will be open for guided public tours. Across a narrow cove and dobashi, or earthen bridge, is Teahouse Island. At the end of the bridge stands a snow-viewing lantern, yukimi-doro, a gift from St. Louis’s sister city of Suwa, Japan. The teahouse itself, a gift from Missouri’s sister state of Nagano, Japan, is sacred in Japanese culture. This soan, or “farm hut” style teahouse, was built in Japan, reassembled here by Japanese craftsmen, and dedicated with a Shinto ceremony in 1977. The teahouse is screened by hedges to create a sense of remoteness. 


Tickets are $10 per person and will be sold twice daily at the Plum Viewing Arbor. Tickets go on sale one hour before the first scheduled tour of each set, and are sold for all tours in that set at once. There are only 20 spots available for each tour. Tours begin on the hour. Tickets sold at Plum Viewing Arbor. Maximum four tickets per person. Cash only.

SET 2   2 p.m. | 3 p.m. | 4 p.m. 

Maximum four tickets per person.

Every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Free


Self-guided from 8  to 10 p.m. | Free

Print your ticket at home and proceed directly to entry when you arrive. 

Saturday, November 18

through January 1

The Marketplace

Merchandise Vendors

  • Bonsai and Ikebana
       Orthwein Floral Display Hall

Art Exhibits

  • Far East Emporium
  • Gilbert Chen
  • Heavenly Cranes Jewelry
  • Japan America Society
       Women’s Association
  • Kodomo No Asobi, 
  •    Japanese Language School
  • BBC Asian Bar and Café
  • Café Roji
  • Confluence Kombucha
  • Drunken Fish
  • Ed’s Foods
  • Japan America Society/
       Seinen Kai Committee
  • Natsukashi-ya
  • Plum Tree Studio
  • Pomegranate Designs
  • James Howe Pottery
  • St. Louis Kenjinkai
  • SumoFish Design
  • Suwa/St. Louis Sister City
  • A Little Bit of Japan
  • Animeggroll
  • Anime St. Louis
  • Arise, Inc.
  • Bonsai Society
       of Greater St. Louis
  • Cass Bonsai Gardens
  • Copper Crane Pottery


  • Calligraphy Exhibit
        Monsanto Exhibition Hall

Soups, salads, sandwiches, and Japanese specials will be available. 

Food Vendors

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 

Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • Kampai Sushi Bar
  • Niji Choral Group
  • Ozark Forest Mushrooms 
  • Sushi Kitchen
  • United Provisions