The Kawachinagano Japanese Garden is next to the Monon Trail in between Carmel City Hall and West Carmel Drive. A large koi pond is the main feature of this small park, and you’ll also find a short walking path and picnic tables.
Hop off the trail just south of Carmel City Hall — look for the small pedestrian bridge with red railings as a landmark. Free Monon Trail parking is at Carmel City Hall and at 1430 E 96th Street. The 96th Street parking lot is 15 minutes away from the gardens if walking, or walk 20 minutes from the Carmel Arts & Design District if you are eating or shopping along Main Street.