cosplay at the japanese gardens

“Step into a world of creativity at the Japanese gardens for our Legends and Lore Festival! Join us for an unforgettable cosplay competition where mythical creatures, legendary heroes, and magical princesses come to life in the beautiful surroundings of the gardens. Whether you’re a seasoned cosplayer, or new to the craft, we encourage everyone to give it a try. Unleash your imagination and show your character to the world!”

To enter, take a photo of your cosplay character in the gardens.

Prizes for best Adults and Kids costumes. Terms and conditions apply


As part of our Legends and Lore Summer Festival, there will be Cosplay in the Gardens from 1st to 7th July. It’s simple!! just arrive in your COS, Superhero, Legend, Lore Character, Fairies or Elves or whatever you think might fit into our Theme (Legends and Lore). Take a photo in the Gardens and submit to the Gardens by EMAIL for a chance to be in the Prizes.
There will be a Prize for Adults and Children. You can buy a general entry ticket for the day you want to visit, tickets available online or you can pay at ticket office when you arrive.
Cosplay Photos must be submitted between 1st and 7th July, BUT you can come to the gardens from now….. to take your Cosplay Photo.


Cosplay grew out of the practice of fan costuming at science fiction conventions beginning with Morojo’s “futuristicostumes” created for the 1st World Science Fiction Convention held in New York City in 1939. The Japanese term “cosplay” (コスプレ, kosupure) was coined in 1984. A rapid growth in the number of people cosplaying as a hobby since the 1990s has made the phenomenon a significant aspect of popular culture in Japan as well as in other parts of East Asia and in the Western world.