Niwa - Japanese Garden Simulator is a gardening simulator that gives you the freedom to design your own zen gardens. Set in Kyoto, Japan, you are tasked with learning authentic Japanese gardening techniques and applying them to realistic reproductions of historical locations in the city.
All Reviews:
Mixed (21) - 66% of the 21 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jan 23, 2024

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as ignored

Early Access Game

Get instant access and start playing; get involved with this game as it develops.

Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

Niwa - Japanese Garden Simulator is a game that plans to bring centuries of Japanese gardening techniques to the digital world. This is not an easy task! We are excited to make Niwa - Japanese Garden Simulator available in Early Access so you can start to play while we improve the game through community feedback. Please join us as we add additional content, levels, and polish to our gardening simulator.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to have Niwa - Japanese Garden Simulator in Early Access for about one year as we work together with the community. Refining core-gameplay and content will be the first priority, and building additional levels will follow. We want to achieve a complete, fun and relaxing game experience for as many players as possible.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version of Niwa - Japanese Garden Simulator features 4 levels including a tutorial.
The full release plans to include additional levels covering important gardening topics (rocks, plants, water, etc.), weather and seasonal customization and possibly additional characters, achievements and game modes.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

Niwa - Japanese Garden Simulator's Early Access version is fully playable already!
It allows you to get a feel for the concept of the game and start your gardening experience. The Early Access version includes a few basic levels where you will need to complete gardening tasks: placing plants, stones and sculpting the ground.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The Early Access version is provided free of charge as a way for you to experience a taste of the full release and to gather as much feedback as possible. The full release of Niwa - Japanese Garden Simulator will be moderately priced to reflect the new content and features, but be accessible to all zen garden enthusiasts.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We would like to get to know our community and integrate your suggestions. We have a Discord server ( that’s open to the public for real-time interaction between the community and the developers. We look forward to discussing new features, squashing bugs and learning from our fellow gardeners.”
Read more

Play Niwa - Japanese Garden Simulator

Free To Play
See all discussions

Report bugs and leave feedback for this game on the discussion boards

About This Game

Niwa - Japanese Garden Simulator is a gardening simulator set in Kyoto, Japan, the birthplace of zen gardens. By playing Niwa - Japanese Garden Simulator you will learn authentic Japanese gardening techniques and how to apply them to realistic reproductions of historical locations in the city. You will learn the basic elements of traditional garden composition: stones, plants and water. Then use these techniques to create your own gardens.

  • Learn from a master
    As a new apprentice to a famous gardening company, you will be tasked with creating, repairing and updating public and private gardens. Each level has a number of tasks for you to complete where you will gain unique skills and insightful knowledge about these special locations.

  • Experience various kinds of gardens
    There are a large variety of Japanese garden types, and your work will bring you to each of them: dry gardens, temple gardens, tsubo-niwas, tea gardens and moss gardens.

  • Feast your eyes
    The Visual aspect is important to enjoying Japanese gardens. The game also includes a photo mode, which allows you to take photographs of your garden creations and share them with friends. Niwa - Japanese Garden Simulator attempts to simulate as closely as possible the true look of plants, stones and the surroundings so that photos come out looking like the real thing.

  • Relax amongst the soothing landscapes
    Escape from your urban life and find refuge amongst nature. Unwind and discover the calming ambiance of your garden.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 3
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD Preferred
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD Preferred

Customer reviews

Review Type

Purchase Type


Date Range
To view reviews within a date range, please click and drag a selection on a graph above or click on a specific bar.

Show graph

Filter reviews by the user's playtime when the review was written:

No minimum to No maximum
Display As:
Show graph
Hide graph
Excluding Off-topic Review Activity
There are no more reviews that match the filters set above
Adjust the filters above to see other reviews
Loading reviews...