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Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden

Garden · Balboa Park
2215 Pan American Rd E (in Balboa Park), San Diego, CA 92101, United States
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  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–6:00 PM

The Japanese Friendship Garden is a hidden jewel in San Diego's historic Balboa Park dedicated to Japanese gardening and cultural education


Based on 82 votes

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    Mister Sushi
    "Relax in their meditation garden"(2 Tips)
    Eric H.
    "Can't believe they have the nerve to charge admission."(2 Tips)
    Kevin P.
    "Try the Japanese cherry (sakura) tea, it's delicious!"(4 Tips)
    Crystal H.
    "Best view in the garden"(2 Tips)
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  • tea
  • gardens
  • scenic views
  • fishing
  • casual
  • fish
  • cherry blossoms
  • ponds
  • park
  • courtyard
  • Roger

    Take a stroll and be in zen

    Roger · 4 days ago
  • Crystal H.

    They participate in a reciprocal program with other botanical gardens. We ended up getting in free. Best view in the garden is from the pavilion at the bottom of the canyon.

    Crystal Harrison · 3 weeks ago
  • Richard R.

    Nice casual relaxing walk. If your a resident free admission on select Tuesday. If you not $8 admission. Not worth the $8.

    Richard Revilla · May 20
  • Kevin R.

    The tea is great. Hanging out at the viewing station while eating pokey is greater than great.

    Kevin Roth · February 27
  • Muge O.

    Pond and the fishes worth it but got more things to do!

    Muge Ogultekin Tuna · October 24, 2014
  • Eric H.

    It's a construction site. Can't believe they have the nerve to charge admission. Utter disgrace. Shameful.

    Eric Holmes · July 2, 2014
  • Antonio C.

    Not so much of a Japanese Garden but good enough. It's a nice place to visit while in Balboa Park

    Antonio Choy · June 8, 2014
  • Kristen

    ..And the cafe at the Friendship Garden is the only affordable place to eat in all of Balboa Park. Their courtyard is a perfect meeting place as well.

    Kristen · January 14, 2014
  • Kristen

    I like the new area, but the upper garden is much more tranquil by comparison.

    Kristen · January 14, 2014
  • Deborrah R.

    Noodle soups are really good~

    Deborrah Ray · July 16, 2013
  • Zach W.

    Military can get in for free (discount is 3 bucks but if you get the right person they will let you in)

    Zach W · June 20, 2013
  • Sam J.

    Excellent place to go fishing for koi's!

    Sam Johnson · March 9, 2013
  • Sydney B.

    So pretty! Its $4 to get in or $3 for student/military.

    Sydney Bazett · March 4, 2013
  • Louise

    Save your money and skip it.

    Louise · August 24, 2012
  • Rosslyn C.

    A tip to get the koi to take a picture with you is to put your hand by the water like you're feeding them. They'll swim right up :)

    Rosslyn Carranco · May 17, 2012
  • Jessica w/ E.

    A little fish named Cornelius lives here!

    Jessica w/ Event Static · November 27, 2011
  • Mister Sushi

    Relax in their meditation garden

    Mister Sushi · September 15, 2011
  • Visit San Diego

    The blood orange iced tea is yummy!

    Visit San Diego · July 24, 2011
  • Duyen F.

    Closes @ 3:30 so get there early! And enjoy some Udon while you're there.

    Duyen Fenston · June 21, 2011
  • Shawn C.

    Not worth $4. Trust me. Maybe $2

    Shawn Cheng · November 23, 2010
  • Leslie F.

    Try to watch the Japanese tea ceremony and find the giant golden koi!

    Leslie Fishlock · November 6, 2010
  • Jacob R.

    $4/person to get in, but it's only worth $2/person.

    Jacob R · August 29, 2010
  • Kevin P.

    Try the Japanese cherry (sakura) tea, it's delicious!

    Kevin P. · June 7, 2010
  • Melodie T.

    Take photos of their lucky coy pond and relax in their meditation garden. They often offer complimentary entry on Resident Tuesdays Read more

    Melodie Tao · April 4, 2010
  • Fabrice E.

    Endroit calme et zen...


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