Japanese Friendship Garden

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: 2215 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101, USA, 92101, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-6192322721
  • Fax: +1-6192320917
  • Ticket Price: 8 USD
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Garden, Family And Kids, Exhibition , Social, Arts, Museums

Japanese Friendship Garden - Review

Built in recognition of San Diego's relationship with its sister city, Yokohama, this 12 acre garden's oriental charm has been adapted to San Diego's climate. The garden was established during the during the 1915–16 Panama-California Exposition. All of the essential elements - stone garden, koi ponds, bonsai water arrangement, sukiya buildings - are present. The Tea Pavilion serves exquisite Japanese cuisine, tea and coffee. The community is quite active and frequently organises cultural programs, exhibits, and festivals. Special exhibitions are held inside the Inamori Pavilion.

Japanese Friendship Garden Information

  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Not allowed: Food, drinks, smoking, pets, littering, feeding the koi.

Japanese Friendship Garden Ticket Prices

  • 3rd Tuesday of the month is free for San Diego Residents.
  • Garden Only Tickets: $8 for adults; $7 for 65+, Student, Military; Free for under 6.
  • Combo Tickets: $13 for adults; $12 for 65+, Student, Military; Free for under 6.
  • Guided tours are free with ticket.

Japanese Friendship Garden Hours

Last admission at 6:00 pm.

Free Tuesday hours, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, last entry at 4:00 pm.

Check garden website for a schedule of upcoming early closing days.

Special Exhibits:

  • Monday-Friday: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm, last ticket sale at 4:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 pm - 4:30 pm, last ticket sale at 3:30 pm

Tea Pavilion:

  • Monday-Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

How To reach Japanese Friendship Garden by Public Transport

  • Bus 3, 120 stop 5th Av & Laurel St
  • Bus 7 stop Park Bl & Village Pl

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TripHobo Highlights for Japanese Friendship Garden

  • Japanese Friendship Garden Address: 2215 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101, USA, 92101, United States
  • Japanese Friendship Garden Contact Number: +1-6192322721
  • Japanese Friendship Garden Timing: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Japanese Friendship Garden Price: 8 USD
  • Best time to visit Japanese Friendship Garden(preferred time): 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Japanese Friendship Garden: 01:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Japanese Friendship Garden

  • 0.93% of people who visit San Diego include Japanese Friendship Garden in their plan

  • 30% of people start their Japanese Friendship Garden visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Japanese Friendship Garden

Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

75% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Japanese Friendship Garden

People normally club together The San Diego Museum Of Art and Mission Brewery while planning their visit to Japanese Friendship Garden.

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Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego Reviews

  • The Japanese Friendship Garden has been an elusive treasure that my husband and I have been unable to view on all our previous visits to Balboa Park. So part of me was a little worried I would be disappointed when I was finally able to tour it myself. I wasn't. It is easy to see why it is a popular venue for weddings. It truly is a picturesque area, a stream with little waterfalls, foot bridges, and wonderful gardens throughout. The path are well maintained with areas specifically designed for those with physical difficulties to access the paths as well. The paths are well maintained, as is the gardens. There are so many little nooks and crannies throughout that are worth stopping and admiring. There are benches available along the pathways where one can sit and just enjoy the quiet beauty of this area. My husband and I look forward to our next visit, and would definitely recommend this as a place to stop if you appreciate gardens.

  • Beautiful place. A friend had her wedding here at the lower level of the garden. The venue was really nice. They could specify an upper and lower level which is not a good walking distance away, better to take a car because the hill is steep and long. Might be nicer if there were stairs that lead from one level to the next

  • This little hidden Garden in Balboa Park is amazing! I came to Balboa several times without even realizing it was here. It's $10 to get in which I think is a little bit much but definitely worth checking out at least once! The best part is at the bottom where there's a little waterfall that goes under a bridge and then flows down the middle of the area. They're Stepping Stones you can walk on to cross over the water. There's little benches every so often to sit on and it is a pretty shaded area which is really nice on hot days.

  • Lovely, fairly well maintained and calm garden to slowly meander through. Very well executed, natural feeling cascading water feature in the lower section. Aromatic jasmine honeysuckles growing along the long, gently descending walking path between the upper and lower sections. My children were mesmerized by the bonsai trees, and inspired to tend to their own. One area was tore up and under construction which definitely cut into the calmness you would otherwise experience. I thought the price was steep for the time you will likely spend on the visit, otherwise I would have given this a five star rating.

  • Lofty plans I tell ya. That is what we had coming to San Diego and visiting Balboa Park. Delays and a forgotten ID card change those plans markedly. We did make it to the park and walked around the area before making it over to this garden. Thankfully they are a Blue Star museum and allow me and my dependents to went for free. The gardens were amazing. The level of detail was apparent by the manicured landscaping. It was clean and well taken care of. The garden has to be the most relaxing place in the park. It is an escape.

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