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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • I honestly was a little disappointed and it didn't worth the money paid to access to the park ✔ It is winter and nothing was blooming (and this is not their fault) ✔ The park has a LOWER side and an UPPER side. Both locations are small and it takes at the most 40 minutes to visit. ✔ There is a coffee shop if you would like to get some coffee while visiting the park ✔ The KOI fishes are amazing. Beautiful and so big!
  • Always great for a leasurly stroll, especially if you go first thing in the morning. The garden is always beautiful and peaceful. I always love seeing the additions that have been added since the last time I visited. Get the membership. It is so worth it and you have reciprocal benefits at other gardens!
  • I went here with my aunt and uncle. It was a lovely place. We had a nice stroll around the garden. It was serene and relaxing park. It's a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • Having been here in January, it was certainly a serene place to be. I went in the morning and there wasn't many people at all. Then again, it was January. It was drizzling, for the most part. However, I still enjoyed the walk. Definitely recommend going at least once. Take a someone with though...so you don't look all lonely and s**t, walking around taking pictures. #lol.

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