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Japanese Friendship Garden

Open Now: 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

The Japanese Friendship Garden is a tranquil and active spot within Balboa Park. In addition to taking a walk through the canyon lush with trees, bushes, a stream, and 2 koi ponds, you can enjoy several exhibits, a bonsai display, a meditation room facing a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you visit Balboa Park you must visit the Japanese Friendship Garden. You will have a peaceful walk around a very scenic park. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a waste of time this visit was. Did not get any sense of Japanese culture except at all. There is no information on any of the plants, not that any stand out anyway. Could not believe they are charging over $10 for a 10...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jaj2636
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a beautiful garden. Just walk around and relax surrounded by beautiful gardens, streams and waterfalls.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank williamsQ8883IN
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In the midst of the park. There's a place to go and see. To breathe, to focus. To enjoy. A place to walk and see the amazing colors, flowers and enjoy the atmosphere. The park is huge and you can't see it all in one...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank roberthV154OS
Reviewed 24 October 2018

so beautiful and relaxing. It looks like a long way down to the lower garden but it's a very easy walk and so worth it

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nannyca
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

We toured the gardens as a group with a prearranged guide. The guide was very useful as they explained many of the ideas behind the gardens.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank giffenk
Reviewed 21 September 2018

My spouse and I visited the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) in Balboa Park on a Thursday morning in early July 2018. The garden charges $12 admission per adult. The garden is open almost daily from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, except for Saturdays when it...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

One of the few things in Balboa Park that is not free Lovingly laid out for walkers Do take your time and educate yourself with the excellent signage

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jfadds
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Its a garden alright, but in my opinion its seriously overrated and way overpriced. Spend your money elsewhere in Balboa Park. Its an awesome place with lots to see and do.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank chrisbdk
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