Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego

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#27 of 59 in Parks in San Diego
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  • The Japanese Friendship Garden is located in Balboa Park. The Garden is an expression of the friendship and cultures of San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama. Its design is based on centuries old Ja...  more »
  • What a beautiful gem in San Diego. I've lived here for 7 years and finally made it to the Japanese Friendship Garden. I can't believe I waited this long. My husband and I are already planning our next...  more »
  • This is a lovely garden, with koi ponds and babbling brooks. There was also a small art exhibit indoors. It is not an overwhelmingly large garden. I think you could see it all in less than an hour, bu...  more »
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  • Beautiful landscape. The wait in line for the Cherry Blossom Festival was not very long at all. The flow of traffic down and up the garden went pretty smooth too considering the crowd. Overall, it was a nice experience for my 5 month old and me (we had a stroller). I would definitely return on a weekday for a quieter trip and less hassle on parking.
  • Went to the Cherry Blossom Festival. It was great to see all tea ceremony, bonsai trees and Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. There were many Japanese themed vendors and food. If you goo to the park, look up the calender and see what is going on. There are always different events. They change week to week
  • A peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Walking around the garden lowered my stress level. I went in February and they were planting so i can't wait to come back when everything is blooming! Also there are so really pretty koi fish. My favorite was the huge gold one in the back!
  • A great relaxing walk through balboa. Has some nice scenery and beautiful views. Isn't too crowded as you do need to pay to enter, but it's a small price for a what you can get and see. There's a cool little tea house at the bottom of the trail, and plenty of photo opportunities. Good for a relaxing date, or a walk by yourself.
  • Lovely space, combining tea house, gardens, structures, exhibits and walking path. Tea house serves lights snacks, miso. Permanent exhibit of Bonsai trees, several Coi ponds with some very impressive fish. Three exhibit buildings currently with art, history of kimono and plants as art. Very impressive and accurate creation of Japanese Garden walk experience around their Valley space.
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