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Japanese Friendship Garden

1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1821
+1 602-291-9209
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Beautiful, peaceful atmosphere

This is a lovely place to be but sadly not open in the late afternoon or early morning for the best... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wendy C
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Perth, Australia
Beautiful sense of peace in the City

This beautiful garden is surrounded by the City but allows one a sense of peace and serenity. I... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cinderbug
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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We are a traditional Japanese stroll garden in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. We are 501(c)3 non profit organization in cooperation with the city of Phoenix and Phoenix Sister Cities Organization. The garden was designed and built by garden master designer "Mr. Nozomu Okita" with the cooperation of Phoenix Sister City Himeji garden association. This truly unique point of pride sits on 3.5 acres and includes a traditional Tea House. The Tea House is open once per month for tea ceremonies, by reservation only by contacting the office. This tranquil and beautiful setting features more than 1,500 tons of hand-picked rock, stone footbridges, lanterns and more than 50 varieties of plants. As you stroll the path, you will enjoy flowing streams, a 14-foot waterfall, and a Koi pond with over 1,000 colorful Koi fish. The garden hosts a variety annual artistic and educational special events and programs. Please see our website and Facebook page.
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  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“koi fish” (26 reviews)
“tea ceremony” (13 reviews)
“large pond” (7 reviews)
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1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1821
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+1 602-291-9209
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"koi fish"
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"tea ceremony"
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"large pond"
in 7 reviews
"buy fish food"
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"tranquil place"
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"a small gift shop"
in 3 reviews
"wonderful garden"
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"water features"
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"heart of downtown"
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"special events"
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"entrance fee"
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"phoenix area"
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"waterfall"
in 41 reviews
"ducks"
in 37 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely place to be but sadly not open in the late afternoon or early morning for the best light for photography! Nonetheless a tranquil oasis from the bustle of city life.

Thank Wendy C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beautiful garden is surrounded by the City but allows one a sense of peace and serenity. I think we paid $5 to enter.

Thank Cinderbug
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to revive a busy soul. I could see myself sitting on one of the benches and reading a novel, or if I were still working bringing a sandwich and eating it here. We brought three children with us on this trip and they...More

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Reviewed March 16, 2018

We really enjoyed strolling the gardens. Huge beautiful koi scattered throughout the lake. Beautiful gardens and statues, create perfect backdrops for photos.

Thank Sheila W
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

This garden is an oasis in downtown Phoenix. We spent an hour walking it. There is a koi pond with a waterfall and a tea house on the property. It was fun to feed the koi/ducks. Lots of opportunity for photography especially if you like...More

Thank trickylibrarian
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

This is a must see in downtown Phoenix. I had company here from New York, and that included their Japanese Foreign exchange student. We all loved every minute of the visit. The grounds are meticulous and well tended to. The Koi fish are in an...More

Thank Cathy M
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Reviewed February 20, 2018

If you want somewhere far away from the maddening crowds - this is it. While it is in downtown Phoenix you will feel like you are a million miles away. If someone posts a negative review on this park it is sad because they have...More

Thank awayIgo2travel
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Reviewed February 19, 2018

It's a beautiful park that has a decent sized pond full of koi fish and ducks. They also had a cute gift shop. I thought admission was a bit expensive for walking around a park that's not that big. I recommend checking it out if...More

Thank msteresa87
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Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

A pleasant park in Central Phoenix with greenery and a pond containing fish and ducks for feeding. A great spot for young kids, but for others, a nice break from the city concrete if you're in the area, but not really worth a special trip...More

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Reviewed January 30, 2018

This is a wonderful green, restful garden in the city. Be sure to buy fish food - we had great fun feeding the koi. Schedule an hour for a leisurely visit.

Thank DustyBuck
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Clifford O
October 17, 2017|
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Response from Hana S | Reviewed this property |
Garden: 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. Season: Tues - Sun October 1st - May 31st
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Salvador G
April 6, 2017|
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Response from JFGPHX | Property representative |
General admission is $5.00, $4.00 for seniors/military/students with ID. Children 6 and under are free. We sell koi food for $1.00 per serving in the gift shop. Thank you!
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crafter188
March 18, 2017|
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Response from JFGPHX | Property representative |
Hello thank you for your question. We allow service animals only. Thank you and have a wonderful day.
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