Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego

3.5
#27 of 43 in Parks in San Diego
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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  • October 2, 2017
    Come and contemplate why you didn't come to Balboa park on Sunday rather than Monday, the day you decided to visit. The model train museum is open on Sunday and closed on Monday. So then you come to t...  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    Pay $10 and passes to enter ... Half the time it comes down and turns to streets with nothing quaint, until you get to the real Garden (passing between two restaurants). The garden is not bad, with River, and a happy return during the flowering of the cherry where it gives its best. Clearly the event draws dozens of people ...
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  • September 16, 2017
    My number one reason for attending was to see the Bonsai exhibit. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed because there was only a dozen bonsai out of the 10 acres or so. The exhibit overall was well l...  more »
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  • June 23, 2017
    Beautiful place with different types of flowers and trees than you would normally see. All of the paths and scenes around the garden are very thought out. You could spend 30 minutes to hours there. $10 admission is a little steep but it is very cool to see.
  • May 10, 2017
    It looks really pretty but the price for my wife and I would have been $20. If it was $5 each we could have justified it. Totally crazy price. What a shame. We just looked in from a balcony nearby. They really need to have a reasonable price for this type of attraction. UPDATE: We learned that you can get a daily museum pass and that pass includes this garden. If you are doing the museums then this would be a good deal. I am raising the stars by one since this might work to make the price reasonable.
  • June 18, 2017
    It's a small Japanese garden in balboa park. One visit will be enough for life time. $10 for park entrance fee. About an hour will be enough time for entire park. Credit card machine was broken so we had to pay cash. Note: they don't allow pets.
  • July 3, 2017
    Beautiful and serene, a wonderful place to just sit and enjoy life, busy during the cherry blossom festival, everything in bloom and plenty of food vendors. Otherwise just a nice quiet place to reflect.
  • July 4, 2017
    We enjoyed a quick bite at the restaurant outside and headed in. Our 2 year old was free, and for us adults it was only $10/piece. There was a lady giving tours so we joined her. She was awesome, we learned about the koi fish, bonsai tree, and also a ton of other things. Very vey peaceful and beautiful!

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