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Calm Japanese Inspired Courtyard Ideas

Japanese decor is known not only for its rich history and traditions, not only for its stunning minimalism and talent for showing beauty in simple things, but also for how amazing Japanese designers manage to blend modern home decor with nature. Check out these inspiring courtyards! Traditional Japanese gardens and courtyards, mixed with a minimalist environment, appear surprisingly harmonious and relaxing. Moss, ponds and grass with a bamboo fountain seem to be a relaxing oasis in the minimalist houses. I’ve always been 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 place without excessive elements, everything is perfectly balanced. Start with moss, which is basic, and combine it with the grasses and foliage that you like – don’t plant too many. You can also add a tree or a few trees – very thin and small rocks typical of Japanese gardens. A tree is not a must. The more peaceful you want, the less you need a tree. Flowers are not popular in Japanese gardens. So you can skip them or go for a sakura tree if you want.

Pebbles and rocks

You can’t go Japanese without pebbles and stones – they are widely used in Japanese landscaping. So take gravel, pebbles, and stones – as big as you want, and you’ll have a cool base for your Japanese courtyard. Create a path or rock, 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 also typical of Japanese rooms. Such decorations help to create mood and ambience and to make your courtyard typically Japanese. You can skip these decorations if you want a minimalist courtyard, get inspired!

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