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Japanese Friendship Garden

1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
+1 602-291-9209
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Feed the Koi

This garden sits right behind the hotel I stayed at in Hance Park and is a delightful find. It... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
lovely garden - but tiny and definitely over priced

went there in October, it was a hot day. The garden offers a spot of greenery and a small... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“tea ceremony” (13 reviews)
“buy fish food” (3 reviews)
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1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This garden sits right behind the hotel I stayed at in Hance Park and is a delightful find. It costs $7 to get in but send an extra dollar or two to feed the koi. The garden is small but the map explains about the...More

Thank jehenson81
Reviewed 1 week ago

went there in October, it was a hot day. The garden offers a spot of greenery and a small lake/pond. The best feature are the koi fish! those are absolutely stunning... overall feel the cost of the tickets is a bit too much, considering they...More

Thank SalamTraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I were looking for things to do in Phoenix last week. We stumbled upon this lil gem. We decided to check it out. It was a warm day and the shade was welcome. WE really enjoyed feeding the kois and the pigeons.

Thank Teeth2004
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I spent about an hour here on a perfect fall day. Lovely visit worth the $8. The reviewer before me complained about the price having only spent 20 minutes there. I'm guessing she didn't sit and enjoy any of the benches to relax and admire...More

Thank alostyankee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This garden is beautiful but not it’s not very big and not worth the entrance fee. We walked it and fed the koi fish in less than 20 minutes.

Thank Danielle C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really love this place, its very little but very nice. The really should consider to expand this garden. It has a beautiful pond with koi fish, ducks and sometime pigeons. The entrance fee is $7.00. You can buy fish food for $1.00, totally worst...More

Thank orlykleber
Reviewed 10 November 2017

If you want to get away from it all but don't want to travel far, consider this peaceful, lovely garden. The Japanese have a wonderful sensibility on how to use space, and this garden exemplifies the placement, form, and space that have made Japanese gardens...More

Thank kara12122017
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Personally, I love this garden. It's so nice to have a peaceful Japanese garden in Phoenix. It's downtown, and you can walk there from the light rail or Burton Barr. The people who work there are always so friendly, and the events are really nice....More

Thank Pumpkinville
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Classic Japanese Garden in what is becoming Phoenix's Urban walking downtown.Small , but beautifully designed to give a quiet appreciation.

Thank James W
Reviewed 26 September 2017

This place is hidden in downtown Phoenix and if you don't know it's here you might pass right by. It is worth a visit to check out the Coi pond and see for yourself. There weren't any flowers, but maybe because we visited in the...More

Thank travelforfun2233
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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.