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Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden

Balboa Park, San Diego
  • Tim B.
    "Very serene and peaceful, a wonder place to slow down,..."(3 Tips)
    Mister Sushi
    "Relax in their meditation garden"(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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  • Crystal H.
    Crystal HarrisonNovember 2, 2015
    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.
  • Kristen
    KristenJanuary 14, 2014
    ..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.
  • Rosslyn C.
    Rosslyn CarrancoMay 17, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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 :)
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaMay 20, 2015
    Nice casual relaxing walk. If your a resident free admission on select Tuesday. If you not $8 admission. Not worth the $8.
  • Ashley P.
    Ashley PetronsJanuary 29
    Leave plenty of time to walk around-it's on two main levels, but it's quite a walk between them. Beautiful place though.
  • Kristen
    KristenJanuary 14, 2014
    I like the new area, but the upper garden is much more tranquil by comparison.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RothFebruary 27, 2015
    The tea is great. Hanging out at the viewing station while eating pokey is greater than great.
  • Tiffany R.
    Tiffany RuppJanuary 29, 2016
    Serene. However, I was disappointed. They don't mark any Japanese plants. The grounds are pretty but do need a lil bit better upkeep. It would do them good to look at Seattle.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BushnellSeptember 25, 2016
    Very serene and peaceful, a wonder place to slow down, take your time, reflect and relax
  • Muge O.
    Muge Ogultekin TunaOctober 24, 2014
    Pond and the fishes worth it but got more things to do!
  • Sydney B.
    Sydney BazettMarch 4, 2013
    So pretty! Its $4 to get in or $3 for student/military.
  • Melodie T.
    Melodie TaoApril 4, 2010
    Take photos of their lucky coy pond and relax in their meditation garden. They often offer complimentary entry on Resident Tuesdays Read more
  • Liam M.
    Liam MayMarch 30, 2016
    Amazing, tranquil and breathtaking sights!
  • Tim B.
    Tim BushnellSeptember 25, 2016
    Peaceful, serene, its a great place to slow down, take your time, reflect, and relax
  • Munira S.
    Munira SuwailemMay 8, 2016
    Just come take a walk and enjoy nature
  • Duyen F.
    Duyen FenstonJune 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Closes @ 3:30 so get there early! And enjoy some Udon while you're there.
  • Antonio C.
    Antonio ChoyJune 8, 2014
    Not so much of a Japanese Garden but good enough. It's a nice place to visit while in Balboa Park
  • Tolga
    TolgaFebruary 20, 2016
    I don't know how it looks like during blossom season but now it has nothing like Japan... Skip it and save your money&time...
    Upvoted Apr 1
  • Sam J.
    Sam JohnsonMarch 9, 2013
    Excellent place to go fishing for koi's!
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin P.June 7, 2010
    Try the Japanese cherry (sakura) tea, it's delicious!
  • Deborrah R.
    Deborrah RayJuly 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Noodle soups are really good~
  • Visit San Diego
    Visit San DiegoJuly 24, 2011
    The blood orange iced tea is yummy!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HolmesJuly 2, 2014
    It's a construction site. Can't believe they have the nerve to charge admission. Utter disgrace. Shameful.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaNovember 24, 2015
    Take a stroll and be in zen
  • Jessica w/ E.
    Jessica w/ Event StaticNovember 27, 2011
    A little fish named Cornelius lives here!
  • Mister Sushi
    Mister SushiSeptember 15, 2011
    Relax in their meditation garden
  • Jacob R.
    Jacob RAugust 29, 2010
    $4/person to get in, but it's only worth $2/person.
  • Leslie F.
    Leslie FishlockNovember 6, 2010
    Try to watch the Japanese tea ceremony and find the giant golden koi!
  • Louise
    LouiseAugust 24, 2012
    Save your money and skip it.
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn ChengNovember 23, 2010
    Not worth $4. Trust me. Maybe $2
  • Pablo Alberto C.
    Pablo Alberto CaminoFebruary 10, 2016
    Ir escuchando la audio guía mientras se pasea descansando y meditando. Es hermoso. Las que exposiciones temporales se pueden omitir.
  • Fabrice E.
    Fabrice ElustondoApril 1, 2015
    Endroit calme et zen...
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