Japanese Water Fountain Outdoors – Inspired By Japanese Stone Garden Lantern

stone-lanternStone lantern, which could be traced far back into the history, is an important cultural symbol in Japan.

With the introduction of Buddhism from China to Japan in the ancient times, the stone lantern, a device designed to hold the fire offered to Buddha, went popular in Japan as well.

And was gradually used as decorative item in the Japanese garden, greatly compliment the garden’s peaceful and tranquil accent.

The Japanese stone lantern is so elegant that many water fountain designers get inspiration from it and design many Japanese style water fountains.

Here comes some  intriguing Japanese water fountains for outdoors in stone lantern’s design.

Japanese Water Fountain – Pagoda Lantern Fountain

This fountain is made with durable while light in weight resin material.


  • Dimension: 15 x 15 x 25.2 inches
  • Weight: 24.2 lbs
  • Price: $339.00
  • Best Place to Buy:  Amazon

The top of this Japanese water fountain is a hexagonal cap. The polygonal lines extend downward from the top and are tilted at the very end, a very traditional design.

The part below the cap is a light house, hollowed on four sides.

One white LED is built in at the bottom of the light house, where the water will gently well up thanks to the built-in quiet submersible pump .

The light, through the refraction of the bubbling water, looks very dynamic, as if it was flame dancing inside the light house.

You can imagine how poetic it will look like with its light slightly illuminate the surrounding landscape in the night.

The porch or patio will be greatly enhanced with serene and zen sense with this delicate beautifully displayed lantern fountain.

Japanese Water Fountain -Yukimi Japanese Lantern Fountain

Another awesome water fountain inspired by Japanese stone garden lantern in Yukimi style.

This Japanese water fountain is made of pure and clean resin material, with grey & blue color painting. And antique painting is applied on it, making the fountain looks aged and quaint.


  • Dimension: 18.11 x 18.11 x 27.76 inches
  • Weight: 39 lbs
  • Price: $169.00
  • Best Place to Buy:  Amazon

The top of the lantern fountain is traditionally round.

Below it comes a light house with one round window on each side of it.

The water gushing up inside the light house with the help of built-in pump and gently falls down, creating quite soothing sound to the ear.

The shimmering LED that radiates under the water looks also very peaceful.

Fully covered with UV-resistant coating, the fountains is ideal for outdoor decoration.

This fountain’s quaint design plus trickling water and soft illumination will turn your space into a zen oasis in no time and guarantee intense soothing effects.

Asian Inspired Pagoda Fountain

Create a peaceful and meditative oasis in your yard with this Asian inspired fountain.

Water wells up from the top pagoda and gently cascade down to the lower bowls.

Reminiscent of a peaceful zen temple sitting atop a mountain, with crystal clear spring trickling down from the mountain.


  • Dimension: 21 x 24.5 x 25.5 inches
  • Weight: 28 lbs
  • Best Place to Buy:  Amazon

With traditional Asia design and flickering light that radiates from the water, this fountain stands to bring you soothing effects and a sense of calm.

Above are three classical Japanese water fountains for outdoors, designed in stone lantern’s theme.

Made with durable resin material, light in weight and easy to care & maintain.

The fountains, with strong oriental appeals, will bring some fascinating taste to your garden.

The soothing water flow and the enticing LED light stand to relieve you from a hectic day instantly!

Brief History Of Japanese Stone Lantern

Stone lantern, which can be traced far back in Japanese history, is an indispensable element for Japanese garden landscaping.

With the spread of Buddhism from China to Japan on the 5th century, the stone lantern, used to protect and keep the fire that offered to the Buddha, was also introduced to Japan.

Since Age of Nara (710-794 AD), Japan temple designer began to build stone lanterns on the front of the temples to protect the fire lights offered to the Buddha.

The oldest stone lantern in existence is the stone lantern in Murouji Temple, built in Age of Na La.

During the Edo period (1603-1867 AD), stone lanterns had been very popular in Japan, and many new stone lantern designs were developed based on the finely crafted stone lanterns in the temples.

Japanese Stone Garden Lantern

The widely use of stone lanterns as decorative items for the gardens began during Azuchi-Momoyama period in the late 16th century.

At that time, due to the great development of tea ceremony, stone lanterns were often used as decorative item for tea rooms and courtyard.

Traditionally, the stone lantern consists of five parts, they are: pagoda top, lantern roof, lantern body, lamp chamber and lantern base. With the change of usages for the stone lantern, its designs become more and more diverse.


The stone lantern serves not only as decorating and lighting in the yard, it implies bright and evil-purifying as well.

The stone lantern gets the meaning of “purifying fire” in Japanese, which means use fire to clean and purify everything.

In ancient time, people endeavored to protect the fire or light that offered to Buddha.

They did not want the sacred fire go out and use stone lantern to protect it. Stone lantern represents bright and hope to them and will bring good luck.

6 thoughts on “Japanese Water Fountain Outdoors – Inspired By Japanese Stone Garden Lantern

  1. These are gorgeous. I have seen them before but did not know much about them so this post was very helpful and interesting for me. I’d love to have one of these in my yard! Do you know if they are difficult to maintain? I always worry about that with fountains.

  2. You mentioned the foundation is made with a pure risen, I wondering how well it would stand up in the harsh winters of Eastern Canada. Could a person leave it out in the garden year round or would you recommend to move it to inside storage until the Spring? Thank you for a great article and advice.

    1. Hi Myles,

      Thanks for checking.

      It is indeed that we should pay attention to the care of fountain during the harsh winter. The first thing we should do to protect your outdoor fountain during winter is draining empty all the water inside the fountain. The freeze water, which will expand, tend to cause significant damage to the exterior of the fountain and the color finishing on its surface as well.
      Ideally, the best way to protect the fountains during winter is to disassemble it and bring it indoors, such as your garage or shed.
      But some fountain is big and it is not easy for all to bring them into the indoor house. There are many specifically-made, waterproof fountain protection cover available on the market. Choose one according to your fountain’s size and cover at least the fountain basin. So the water feature will be ready for use once the warm weather comes around again.

      Above is my personal advise. And maybe you can check my another posts for more fountain care tips. Thanks!

  3. I have always loved anything to do with the Japanese culture especially the bonsai tree and they go great with the showcased water features. A few years back we had 5 bonsai trees along with an assortment of Japanese features which were in stone and looked great. Unfortunately, someone took a shine to the garden and took the lot one night. Nice article and thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Mick, thanks for stopping by and share your opinions. Apart from the water features, the bonsai tree are indeed attractive to me as well. Apart from planting, it looks more like an art. Maybe i will share some information on bonsai tree in the future. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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