Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego

3.8
#25 of 64 in Parks in San Diego
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  • I think this garden might be even larger than the Portland Garden. The admission fee is $12 and has standard elements like koi fish, flowing water and shades. Definitely worth visiting and you can...  more »
  • In Balboa Park right next to the Organ Pavilion is the Japanese Friendship Garden. It has both an upper garden and a lower garden that you can stroll through. The entrance fee is $12 per person and...  more »
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  • Adult entry was $12; Children $6; Free for children under a certain age. We arrived early and took a free guided tour by a docent. It was INCREDIBLE to learn about the traditions and meanings behind certain aspects of the garden. Having lived in Japan is one thing but being able to learn what the meaning is behind the garden scenery was very nice. There was a certain peace and tranquility that was felt, but only if you allow yourself to feel so. I highly recommend the docent tours; which can be found on their website-which time and availability.
  • So pretty here! Tranquility at its best. It’s not a big space, and we didn’t see it all as the koi pond was quite the draw. But well worth the entrance fee. There were little fountains, a bonsai garden, the tea house, and lush greenery everywhere. Of course the requisite bamboo as well. We’ve been here several times and am so happy to go back each time.

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