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Japanese Friendship Garden

2215 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101-1656
+1 619-232-2721
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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 original principles of a Japanese garden while incorporating the elements of San Diego’s landscape and climate. The Japanese Friendship Garden blending two different culture and creates a unique experience to visitors. Moreover, the garden presents an atmosphere of elegant simplicity, quiet beauty, and interaction between humans and nature.
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  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2215 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101-1656
Balboa Park
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+1 619-232-2721
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really not worth the admission fee, you can see nearly as much by looking down into it from outside.

Thank Stephen W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoy the peace, serenity and beauty of the Japanese Friendship Garden, a place for all seasons and all ages. You can explore the various displays of greenery, enjoy a class, such as yoga, mediate in the stone garden, watch the koi in 2 different ponds,...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent Japanese Garden, with extensive walking path and beautiful scenery. The garden has a free audio tour, but to truly enjoy the gardens you need to take off you headphones and listen. You'll hear the gentle rustling and clicking of the bamboo moving in the...More

Thank rtcooke1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is always a beautiful relaxing stroll through the gardens. It can appear overwhelming because of the hillside it is located on but if you take your time you are sure to enjoy the scenery.

Thank Lovetochew
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For years, visitors in the Park would pass a stone marker, just outside a silent gate, promising the arrival of a Friendship Garden. One day. As the Friendship Garden has expanded from those early years, a miniature garden with bonsais, to what it's become today,...More

Thank SageTraveler
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located in San Diego's Balboa Park, Japanese Friendship Garden (San-Kei-En) is an expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city of Yokohama, Japan. Although a small garden, visitors who drop by are treated to a pleasant, tranquil stroll while admiring the beauty of...More

Thank Akisato S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the prettiest spots in Balboa Park, a fairly large garden with impressive landscaping. Popular and a little crowded.

Thank Thomas V
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Reviewed March 20, 2018

Didn't take us long to wander the depths of this garden. Lots of beautiful trees, flowers and bridges. A couple of water features. A nice stroll of 45 minutes to an hour. Then you're done.

Thank thoove
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

For some reason I'm compelled to visit Japanese gardens if there is one in a city I visit for the first time. When you're born and raised in a big city like I am, these spaces are so valuable because they offer a peaceful respite...More

Thank herroyalmelness
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Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

The water feature was amazing and so peaceful, but the rest was just ok. Maybe we had bad timing for blooming. There are several good spots for photos. It’s a little bit of walking to get down to the lower garden and you will walk...More

Thank Tasha S
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