Japanese Friendship Garden

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  • 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

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 Travel Tips

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

Entrance Ticket Details For Japanese Friendship Garden

  • 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

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

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  • 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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  • 0.88% 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.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Japanese Friendship Garden Reviews & Ratings

  • 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.

  • It was a beautiful day and the gardens did not disappoint. My husband and son went with other members of family and friends and they felt the same way. I highly recommend a visit especially if you’re from out of town and searching for something to do.

  • First time in the Japanese garden during the fourth of July, it wasn't too busy and it was a nice pleasant relaxing experience. There's an upper and lower garden. Each are unique and have their own displays or features. The upper garden is more geared towards events, there's bonsai trees and a stage but nothing was playing. Both have water features but the lower garden has a longer pedestrian walk way. It's so fresh and flowery, a good relaxing meditative experience.

  • This place is so beautiful and peaceful, the bottom section is such a surprise. We can take amazing photos of nature. It is definitely worth visiting.

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