Japanese Water Fountains – In Stone Lantern’s Design


stone-lanternStone lantern, which can be traced far back in history, is an important cultural symbol in Japan. With the introduction of Buddhism from China to Japan in ancient times, the stone lantern became popular in Japan as well. And was gradually used as decorative items in the Japanese garden. Making the garden brimming with peaceful and zen touch.

The Japanese stone lantern is so elegant that many water fountain designers get inspiration from it and design many Japanese style water fountains. Here we are going to show you some Japanese water fountains in stone lantern’s design.

Japanese Water Fountains – Hexagonal Top Lantern Style Fountain

This fountain is made with durable resin. In addition to pure resin material, raw sands are mixed into the resin material. The water fountains made with such mixed material looks like carved with real sandstone and will not have any color-fading problem when setting in the outdoor garden.


Usually, the manufacturer will only spray some antique painting on the fountains, to make them looks aged and bring some historical sense. Apart from that, no other paint finishing is applied on the products. The water fountain is in original material color.

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 the main body of the lantern fountain. There is a lamp chamber, hollowed on four sides. One white LED is built in at the bottom of the lamp chamber, where the water will puff up as well. The light, through the refraction of the surging water, looks very dynamic, as if it were flame dancing inside the lamp chamber.

Below the lantern fountain body is the base, with floral patterns embossed on all rims, looks very delicate. The water for the fountain is stored right inside the base. The submersible fountain pump draws the water and enable the water surge out the lamp chamber. The water will recirculate back into the reservoir through the hole set on the base.

Japanese Water Fountains – Round Top Lantern Style Fountain

japanese-water-fountainsThis 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 historied.

The top of the lantern fountain is traditionally round. And the body of the fountain is tall, with two rectangular windows. The water is stored at the bottom of the fountain base as well.

The water, drew to the top of the fountain by the submersible pump, falls down through a filter and create a water screen. Set against the warm LED light, the water screen brings a sense of tranquility and can make you feel peaceful in no time.

Fully covered with UV-resistant coating, the fountains is ideal for outdoor decoration. This Japanese water fountain looks amazing in the night. With gently dropping water screen and peaceful warm light, your garden will be brimming with zen feelings.


Above are two classical Japanese water fountains, designed in stone lantern’s theme. Made with durable resin material, light in weight and easy to care & maintain. The fountains, with strong oriental appeal, will bring some fascinating taste to your garden. The soothing water flow and the warm LED light will make you very peaceful and relaxed.

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.

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.stone-lantern

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 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 Fountains – In Stone Lantern’s Design

  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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