You might not expect to see an authentic Japanese garden and tea room in the same place that's known to many as "Beer City," but this place is a must-see. This spot is just one of the many beautiful areas inside the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. It's really amazing to have such a beautiful oasis right next to the city.\nThe Japanese architect behind the garden was a pioneer in bringing this style of garden and design outside of the island country.\nThe beauty and meaning of this place don't just come from the plants. The way that the rocks and water are arranged and cared for is also very important to the overall design.\nIn fact, there is a Zen-Style Rock Garden within this compound that pretty much looks nothing like what we've come to expect from traditional gardens.\nThe small rocks are raked to create a pattern that surrounds the larger rocks that were very intentionally placed.\nTraditionally, this kind of space is used by monks to meditate. You'll definitely feel peaceful once you step into the tearoom.\nView this post on Instagram Visited the Frederick Meijer Gardens today with my folks. A post shared by Anja (@anjuh) on Jul 23, 2016 at 12:18pm PDT\nWalking through the area is an incredibly peaceful experience, but it's almost like a little treasure hunt too.\nThere are pieces from contemporary artists spread throughout the foliage, like Jenny Holzer's "poetic expressions" that are carved into rocks surrounding the pond.\nView this post on Instagram I wish the picture could do its justice. Too beautiful! 🌳🌿🍃 A post shared by Adrienne Erika Mueller (@_mrs.mueller) on Sep 12, 2015 at 11:51am PDT\nThe Japanese Maple and the Japenese Cherry Blossoms are scattered throughout the area and fill the space with vibrant colors.\nThe maple's fiery orange leaves light up during the fall and the floating pink cherry blossoms define the springtime.\nWhether your travels take you to the garden in the summer or the winter, there are tons of things to do in the area.\nVisit the vibrant blue waters of Torch Lake or see these ice castles that look like they came straight out of Disney's Frozen.\nThe Japanese Garden is certainly a highlight, but you could spend an entire week exploring Frederik Meijer and still miss some amazing sights.\nView this post on Instagram Opening my chakras in the Japanese garden _________ #vsco #vscocam #meditation #chakra A post shared by JESS MURPHY (@jessandcoffee) on Aug 10, 2016 at 9:20pm PDT\nThey have several greenhouses that are imitating different climates. The Tropical Conservatory has got to be one of the most exciting of those.\nThey have an entire wall filled with vibrant orchids. Tropical birds also fly around this space.\nJapanese Garden @ Frederik Meijer Gardens\nPrice: Admission is $14.50 for adults\nAddress: 1000 E Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI\nWhy You Need To Go: This is such a peaceful escape to really take some time to yourself. It's a very unique spot and it's so worth the trip.\nWebsite\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.