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45 Calm Japanese-Inspired Courtyard Ideas

42+ Gentle Japanese Courtyard Ideas

House With Courtyard - Japanese decor is known not only for its rich history and traditions, not only for its stunning minimalism and a talent to show beauty in simple things but also for how amazing Japanese designers manage to mix modern home decor with nature. Look at these inspiring courtyards! Traditional Japanese gardens and courtyards mixed with minimalist surroundings look amazingly harmonious and relaxing. Moss, ponds and grass with a bamboo fountain seem a relaxing oasis in the minimalist homes. I was always surprised how such a piece of nature merges with modern design, and if you too, enjoy the examples below and create your own Japanese-inspired courtyard at home!


A Japanese garden is a peaceful space that doesn't have any excessive elements, everything is perfectly balanced. Start with moss, which is basics, and combine it with grasses and greenery that you like - don't plant too many. You may also add a tree or a couple of trees - rock very thin and small ones, the types that are typical for Japanese gardens. A tree isn't a must, the more peaceful space you want, the less you need a tree. Blooms aren't popular for Japanese gardens, so you may skip them or go for a sakura tree if you want.

Pebbles And Rocks

You can't go Japanese without pebbles and rocks - they are widely used in Japanese landscaping. So go for gravel, pebbles and rocks - as large as you like, and you'll get a cool base for your Japanese courtyard. Create a path or rocks, this is a popular element for a Japanese garden.

Traditional Elements

Now add traditional elements: stone lanterns, stone water bowls and fountains with bamboo. Bamboo walls and low fences are typical for Japanese spaces, too, such decorations will help you create a mood and n ambience and will make your courtyard typically Japanese. You may skip these decorations if you want a minimalist courtyard, get inspired!

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