Zoysia grass is the preferred grass in Asia, particularly in Japan. Zoysia grass has been grown as sod since 1100 Japan. According the earliest know gardening book from Japan, Sakuteiki, zoysia grass and its cultivation was important in Japanese gardens and tea ceremonies as early as the 12th century, perhaps earlier.
In Tokyo, the grounds of the Imperial Palace have been blanketed in zoysia grass since the 14th century. Zoysia grass grows wild throughout Japan, and it is one of the first species of plant to establish itself on volcanoes after eruption. Zoysia is also widely cultivated as turf and is used on most golf courses in Japan.