Russia-Japan Friendship Garden

Sergei Bobylev/TASS

Across the street from Arts Square there is a small exotic garden with a bronze dragon guarding the entrance.

This green oasis in the resort heart of Sochi was crated thirty years ago by the famous landscape architect, Sergey Venchagov. He planted this veritable oriental garden with glades and narrow paved paths on a tiny piece of land, squeezed in between Kurortny Prospekt and private homesteads. It is home to coniferous and deciduous trees, which are common to Japan and Russia. A weeping willow broods over a pond in the middle of the garden, surrounded by Korean silver firs, Japanese larches, cedars and several kinds of pine. There are no benches in this garden. It is customary to just walk quietly here, following the paths, contemplating the beauty.