A Japanese garden in Belgium

Laid out between 1985 and 1992, Hasselt’s Japanese Garden (Japanse Tuin in Dutch) is the largest Japanese Garden in Europe.

Based on a 17th-century model, the garden spans on 2.5 hectares (6 acres) and possesses no less than 250 Japanese cherry trees.

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Its creation symbolised the friendship between the inhabitants of Hasselt and those of their sister city of Itami (a suburb of Osaka and Kobe).

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