Recreation & Culture

  • Civic Administration Building
    Church Street, Dubbo, NSW, 2830
  • Office hours:
    9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
  • Mailing address:
    PO Box 81, Dubbo, NSW, 2830
  • Telephone: (02) 6801 4000
  • Fax: (02) 6801 4259
  • Email: Email us today

Shoyoen (Japanese Garden)

The official opening of the Shoyoen Sister City Garden and Jurian Ceremonial Tea House occurred on the 153rd anniversary of the founding of Dubbo. It also marked the 13th anniversary of Sister City relations between Minokamo, Japan, and Dubbo. The spectacular Garden – managed and operated by Council - was a living gift from the people of Minokamo.

Located in the Dubbo Botanic Gardens at Elizabeth Park in East Dubbo, ‘Shoyoen’ in Japanese means ‘strolling and refreshing.’


The Friends of the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden Inc

The Friends of the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden are a socially active and enthusiastic group who guide visitors, assist with maintaining the gardens, uphold the spirit of our Sister City relations, and stage special events throughout the year.

Some of our 'Friends' simply enjoy a pleasant garden setting to relax in and they choose to slot in a morning or an afternoon one weekend per month to meet and greet our many visitors to the garden. Some 'Friends' choose to become a part of the 'Wednesday Morning' group who meet for a chat, morning tea and attend to the odd chores around the garden. Other 'Friends’ enjoy assisting with school groups and bus tours on a week day.
Want to become a Friend? You can apply online.

Opening times:

Monday to Friday:  9am to 4pm
Weekends:              9.30am to 4.30pm
Anzac Day:             12 noon to 4pm

The Garden is closed on Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.


Entry to the Shoyoen Japanese Garden is FREE of charge.

Weddings and events

Weddings and other events attract a charge and bookings are essential.

To book your wedding in Shoyoen or Sensory Gardens, download this form and return back to Council completed and with payment.

Application Wedding in Shoyoen or Sensory Gardens Application Wedding in Shoyoen or Sensory Gardens (50 KB)

Shoyoen Japanese Garden brochure Shoyoen Japanese Garden brochure (1545 KB)