Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Photography & More

Two-Hour Rentals
  • Portrait Photography
  • Engagement & Wedding Photography
  • Marriage Proposals
  • Art & Yoga Classes
  • Meditation in the Niko-An Teahouse
  • Walking Meditations
  • Office Retreats and Picnics
  • Tea Ceremony in the Niko-An Teahouse (with additional fees)

The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is now available to reserve for two-hour events approved by the venue. Up to 25 people may attend with parking provided on-site. Parking on residential streets for private events is prohibited as a condition of our permit. No vendors are allowed other than photographers but food delivery and picnics are welcome.


Your event may take place Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday before the garden opens to the public.

Purchasing a Permit

Numbers include everyone attending including photographers, assistants and children over four.

1 to 25 people: $500 for two hours

There is a $25 per hour charge for a staff member to be on site for your event.

An additional hour may be purchased for $250.

A refundable Security Deposit of $500 is due with the rental fee and will be refunded within thirty days unless there are damage or cleaning expenses incurred by the garden as a result of your event.

A Certificate of Insurance naming the garden as an additional insured is due at least one week in advance. Professional photographers can easily take care of this insurance requirement or you can purchase a special event insurance policy from our preferred online vendor.

To request a short-term Property Use Permit, please use the form on the Contact Page.


Location Rental

Plan Your Next Professional Shoot
In Our Historic Garden Setting

The garden landscape presents a variety of dramatic and beautiful settings for photography and filming, within a uniquely designed, two acre property.

There are multiple small staging areas throughout the site that facilitate creative use.

Significant details of the garden, including its large teahouse, natural paths, Japanese bridges and granite statuary all enhance the views, as well as the possibilities.

270 Arlington Drive
Pasadena, California 91105
Telephone: +1 (626) 399-1721
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Filming & Commercial Photography

Location Booking

To learn about additional costs and requirements, please use the form on the Contact Page to submit a request for more information.