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Japanese Friendship Garden

Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The Japanese Friendship Garden is located within Balboa Park, San Diego. It is an expression of friendship between the city and its sister city, Yokohama. The Garden is also known as San-Kei-En (Three Scene Garden), and it design was based on the...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
2215 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101-1656
Balboa Park
+1 619-232-2721
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Lots of ornate plants, koi fish and bonsai plants in this relaxing outdoor park, if you want to have a peaceful stroll.

Thank converge77
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A relaxing stroll in Balboa Park. The gardens are quiet, tranquil and a relaxing stroll to escape the crowds. A wide variety of plants and cultural exhibits will educate you along the way. Bring headphones if you want to do the audio tour in your...More

Thank Karl and Sandra K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably the most tranquil area of balboa park so I’ll give it a 5 because of that. However, like many of the other reviews, I found it to be overpriced. While I’m calling it tranquil, you could also describe it as very boring. You have...More

Thank theuncle2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

Their are so many similarities of these 2 parks. This Japanese Garden is way bigger than the one in SF. So much to see and take in. A Japanese Garden is so well thought out and high in maintenance even the small ones are well...More

Thank quasimoto559
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Japanese Friendship garden was a relaxing place to escape the hustle and bustle. The trails were well paved and easy to traverse. The bonsai trees were pretty cool. Once you made it to the valley floor you encountered the lovely spring that ran through...More

Thank Brian O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Japanese Friendship Garden is located in Balboa Park and represents the ties between San Diego and its sister city Yokohama. The garden follows the design principles of classic Japanese gardens, adapted to the climate and topography of Balboa Park. It is a quiet and...More

Thank jer b
Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

After visiting this garden, I feel I should set up a website and invite everyone over to my house and call it a Japanese garden while charging $13per person! Wow. I was disappointed . This does not compare to the gardens in Montreal or Portland....More

1  Thank Barbsiegogo
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Recommended if you like Japanese-style gardens and longish peaceful walks. The tea house at the end was OK (not great), but the restaurant at the beginning was pretty good. Overall, a Beautiful and Relaxing Place to Visit

Thank JamesSMc
Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

This place was a lot of fun and quite beautiful. Very relaxing area as well. Trails to walk around. Great place to visit.

Thank galluvswarmweather
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

It was a holiday and was pretty crowded so I was only able to appreciate the garden for a few minutes. It was beautiful and there were cherry blossom trees. I would imagine it can be serene and zen like if I went on a...More

Thank Marielle G
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