Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego

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
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About Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego

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 Opening and Closing 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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Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego Reviews

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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.

  • 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 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!

  • 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.

  • My husband and I had a very peaceful and relaxing time. 10 out of 10, would recommend.

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