Step 1

Start by choosing the right location. Ideally, the feature should be seen from a deck, patio, or window. You will need a minimum of one square meter for the feature.

Step 2

Dig a suitably sized hole for the water tank. Ensure that is it level. Profile the soil around the tank forming a shallow basin with the tank at the lowest point.

Step 3

Lay the piece of liner over the tank leaving a ‘skirt’ all the way around. Cut a letter box slot in the liner directly over the centre of the tank. Put the pump in the tank and connect it to the bamboo water spout hose.

Step 4

Set up the granite basin beside the tank. If you choose to have kneelings stones arrange them so that the tops are level. For best results we recommend bedding them in mortar.

Step 5

Fill the granite basin and reservior with water. Turn the water pump on and regulate the flow of water to the way you like it.

Step 6

Observe the flow of water. All the water should be returning to the tank and it should not be escaping in the liner. If water is escaping then adjust the liner.

Step 7

Place the lid over the reservoir. Plant around the liner to soften the arrangement; evergreen plants provide all year round interest and winter colour.

Step 8

Cover the liner with water worn cobbles or silver grey gravel. Add a bamboo ladle and rest to complete the Japanese water basin arrangement.

Trouble shooting
  • If you have to top the tank up frequently then check that the water is not escaping the liner. 
  • If the water does not flow check that there is sufficient water in the reservoir. 
  • If the pump does not work, switch off the power and check the impeller is free of debris. 
  • If still in doubt, please contact us by phone 01622 872403 or by email

For a downloadable copy please click here –  how to.. set up a water feature pdf


Materials you need for a Japanese water feature

Tank & Pump

Water Feature Kit


Water basin

Close-up of Japanese water basin arrangement

Kneeling Stones (optional)

kneeling stones arrangement

Bamboo Spout

50 cm water spout

Ladle & Rest (optional)

Japanese water ladle & rest