Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego

About Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego

Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 2215 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Phone: +1-6192322721

Ticket Price: 8 USD

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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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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  • 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.

  • A very serene walk through a beautiful garden. I also bought a delicious hot tea from the shop at the entrance to the garden which was the icing on the cake.

  • One of the most beautiful places that I have been to in San Diego'a Balboa Park is the "The Japanese Friendship Garden. It's a quiet and serene place. You can find bonzai trees, a koi pond, and waterfalls and stream. My favorite part is the lower level. The walk is nice and you have plenty of photo opportunities here. They do have a Japanese festival here in which they have performances such as Taiko drums and Japanese food. There is a price for admission

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  • Beautiful, serene and an enjoyable stroll. Affordable if you are a member or buy the Balboa Explorer pass. Some of the special exhibits are pricey for what you see (extra fee on top of admission or pass), but enjoyable and educational. Love watching the koi.

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