When Ludwigsburg and the park were founded, the garden designers drew inspiration from other cultures to demonstrate their education and openness towards the rest of the world. The Japanese Garden was laid out in 1979 in keeping with that tradition. Japanese garden design evolved from the religions of Shinto and Zen Buddhism. The designs imitate the clear forms of nature and transform gardens into places of stillness and contemplation.
Inside the gateway of the stroll garden, a symbolised mountain landscape unfolds, with a winding river of white gravel breaking on rough rocks. Everything appears random. But it is this randomness that conceals the art of evoking a natural appearance. Clear water drips from a bamboo pole into a stone basin, while ornately pruned groups of pine trees hint at forests. A flagstone path leads to a little pond into which a rushing stream flows over cataracts and waterfalls. Leaving this scene behind, the stream flows through a mellow valley with lush green areas.