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Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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3.4/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego is to educate, engage, and inspire present and future generations of diverse backgrounds about Japanese culture and community legacy through exhibits, programs, and the preservation of a Japanese-style garden.
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  • The garden is set in a valley and has the usual Koi pond,and typical rocks and plants , ponds and waterfall seen in a Japanese garden.There is a bonzai exhibit and wysteria arbour as ell. cost is $8.0...  read more »
  • We spent six nights in the San Diego area, and the Japanese Garden in Balboa Park was, by far, the worst experience on our trip. Perhaps it was the time of year that we were there, but it was a lot of...  read more »
  • He garden shows a small area that from them heights is sees careful and is colorful, but just walk their first meters for give is has that only that small surface is worth it penalty, is a tour of 20 min without much joke, zero information, my recommendation is that is save what charge of input and the walk that not is easy... save their energies for them others activities that the Park offers.
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  • Bigger than I thought it would be. Great value for the price. Beautifully landscaped gardens featuring a koi pond, bonsai trees and a babbling brook. Very tranquil, nice peaceful place to commune with nature.
  • I have trouble giving a Japanese "Friendship" Garden any more stars then two when nothing to do with friendship came to mind while there. "KANEICHEUA" is not the warm far-eastern greeting I expected to hear from the lady behind the ticket booth and for good reason; as she was preoccupied in helping my girlfriend and her son buy tickets I snuck through unnoticed with my dog Lil' Heis free of charge into the unknown. Once I was far enough into the garden Lil' Heis and I turned around and copped a quick see at the scene back at the ticket booth. To my surprise I watched the people I was with being turned around and walking back out the front gate, slumped over and now carrying something new with them previously not had before I abandoned then only moment prior... Frowns! The frowns on their faces showed me that I was not going to be allowed to finish my quest with a completed mark on this stage due to my compassion towards the ones I was with and the trouble they surly were in. They turned my party my party away at the entrance because they didn't have the correct amount money on them move forward. Thus putting a damper on in our game of life and the "friendship garden" bonus stage that includes many necessary powerups and extra lives for the unknown and dangerous Road ahead. Apart from all that imaginative fun, from what I did see of the place I couldn't reccomend it for any price more then free.
  • The garden becomes more and more beautiful each and every year. I love visiting just to take pictures and relax; it's so calming. There are lots to see and do, and there are events posted up front and on their website/FB page. I suggest that you opt for the yearly membership - totally worth it!
  • Beautiful! The new expanded size is incredible and worth the fee. They even do yoga in here Thur and Fri mornings.
  • After battling holiday crowds and roads, the quiet walk through the Japanese Friendship Garden as a refreshing change of pace. Beautiful and very relaxing. It is much larger than it looks with several walking paths, a cultural center and dining room to host events.
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