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Japanese Friendship Garden

2215 Park Blvd, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-232-2780
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The Japanese Friendship Garden includes a koi pond, a meditation hall viewing a Zen garden, bonsai exhibit, fujidana (wisteria arbor), and strolling pathways down to the new garden expansion with pond and waterfall.
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  • Very good36%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2215 Park Blvd, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Balboa Park
+1 619-232-2780
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a peaceful and serene place the Japanese Friendship Garden is. We went when it first opened and that was great because there was nobody around and it made for a much better pictures not waiting for people to walk by. There were many koi...More

Thank Angel L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I last visited in 2013. They were just beginning the expanded lower area of the Japanese Garden. At that time it was a pretty, peaceful, short walk around, which we enjoyed. We've been to a number of other Japanese gardens since then...More

Thank Jordyn G
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

I was excited to visit the garden today with my mom who'd never been there. We're from further north in California (near Disneyland), and we visit San Diego several times a year, but I hadn't been to the garden in many years. When I checked...More

Thank Kustomkitsch
Reviewed 14 May 2017

I was looking forward to visiting this garden but was sadly disappointed. Hardly anything in bloom, some parts didn't even resemble most of the Japanese gardens we've been to. There is a collection of Bonsai and the koi pond was quite lovely, but not on...More

Thank Cindy R
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Peaceful escape. This beautifully landscaped garden, with koi pond, cultural architecture and pathways along the sloping canyon -- and a gently cascading stream is heavenly. Even better during the cherry blossom season!

Thank D F
Reviewed 9 May 2017

This garden is just average. The koi pools are great. The canyon and the plants just didn't seem very Japanese to me. Balboa park is already a beautiful 'garden'; why pay extra to walk down the hill?

Thank Janie R
Reviewed 8 May 2017

There is a Koi pond, meditation hall viewing a Zen garden, bonsai exhibit, and walking pathways to the pond & waterfall. Open 10 am - 5 pm daily. Admission is $10 for adults. Students, seniors, and military will receive a discount. A place to reflect...More

Thank FLworldwanderer
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden has meandering Canyon paths, well-groomed greenery, a bonsai garden, a koi pond, a meditation garden, and exhibit space. In addition to the natural wonders, you can enjoy a class, such as gentle yoga or...More

1  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

The waterfalls, perfectly positioned benches, and beautifully landscaped gardens make this a perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon. The pathways are stroller and wheelchair accessible. A must visit area of Balboa Park.

Thank L1drake
Reviewed 12 April 2017

These Japanese gardens are without doubt, the best I have ever seen. Super designed, absolutely wonderful, so beautiful, and well put together, the quality of the trees is immense, and the colours are gorgeous.The water features were very creative/ functional, and a example of Japanese...More

Thank gillian p
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