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Japanese Friendship Garden

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Lovely oasis

Imagine discovering a beautiful, Japanese garden right in the heart of Phoenix! My grandchildren... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wl Lafayette
Tranquil oasis

This little park within a park is a beautiful setting in mid-town Phoenix with many Japanese... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Pearce, Arizona
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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...more
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1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1821
+1 602-291-9209
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've had the great fortune to visit this Japanese Strolling Garden on two separate occasions. It's central pond and waterfall creates a cooling atmosphere in which to take a break from the hectic pace of the city. Plan time to sit and take in the...More

Thank Carrie M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Imagine discovering a beautiful, Japanese garden right in the heart of Phoenix! My grandchildren and I had a beautiful morning there. The newly hatched ducklings were a bonus!

Thank francieWLafayette
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This little park within a park is a beautiful setting in mid-town Phoenix with many Japanese sculptures and plantings around a cool pond and meandering stream where 500 koi swim and vie for bits of fish food tossed by patrons. Water lillies flourish at one...More

Thank j0njudy
Reviewed 28 May 2018

This is not big; but it's a little quiet green place in the middle of central Phoenix. They have some events there and lots of weddings are held there.

Thank Ursula M
Reviewed 17 May 2018

Great place to spend time with the family. It is small but peaceful and pretty in the middle of the city. The tea ceremonies are a bit pricey but the garden is worth a visit.

Thank Sandra Á
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

There's a $7 admission fee which I feel is overpriced for the experience. If you want to feed the ravenous koi fish, you can purchase a small packet of fish food for $1. The gift shop was very small, fitting only a few guests at...More

Thank RayRay12_12
Reviewed 13 May 2018

I have always been in love with Japanese culture and this transported me back to my most recent visit to that wonderful country last year. This is serene oasis, almost in the heart of the city (actually in the Arts District, with easy access via...More

Thank nanatravels2
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Nice and quaint. Smaller than we expected and only a few places to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. But since we visited on a weekday, few people were there. Make sure you get a small bag of fish food ($1) and help the...More

Thank BEY2
Reviewed 1 April 2018

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
Reviewed 30 March 2018

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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Clifford O
17 October 2017|
Response from Hana S | Reviewed this property |
Garden: 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. Season: Tues - Sun October 1st - May 31st
Salvador G
6 April 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!
18 March 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.