People tend to check in during these times:
The Japanese Friendship Garden is a hidden jewel in San Diego's historic Balboa Park dedicated to Japanese gardening and cultural education
Take a stroll and be in zen
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.
Nice casual relaxing walk. If your a resident free admission on select Tuesday. If you not $8 admission. Not worth the $8.
The tea is great. Hanging out at the viewing station while eating pokey is greater than great.
Pond and the fishes worth it but got more things to do!
It's a construction site. Can't believe they have the nerve to charge admission. Utter disgrace. Shameful.
Not so much of a Japanese Garden but good enough. It's a nice place to visit while in Balboa Park
..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.
I like the new area, but the upper garden is much more tranquil by comparison.
Noodle soups are really good~
Military can get in for free (discount is 3 bucks but if you get the right person they will let you in)
Excellent place to go fishing for koi's!
So pretty! Its $4 to get in or $3 for student/military.
Save your money and skip it.
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 :)
A little fish named Cornelius lives here!
Relax in their meditation garden
The blood orange iced tea is yummy!
Closes @ 3:30 so get there early! And enjoy some Udon while you're there.
Not worth $4. Trust me. Maybe $2
Try to watch the Japanese tea ceremony and find the giant golden koi!
$4/person to get in, but it's only worth $2/person.
Try the Japanese cherry (sakura) tea, it's delicious!
Endroit calme et zen...