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Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego

3.5
#27 of 43 in Parks in San Diego
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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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4.3
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  • What a beautiful peaceful place to visit. Loved every minute of this garden. The trees, flowers, the streams and the coy fish.  more »
  • This is an 'oasis' of peace and quiet located in the midst of Balboa Park. To fully enjoy and appreciate this beautiful location, plan on giving yourself at least two hours to walk down ... and then b...  more »
  • This place is perfect to walk with your date. It's beautiful, calm and very interesting. The paths and water stream are beautiful, make sure you take pictures!  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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