Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden

2215 Pan American Plz (in Balboa Park), San Diego, CA 92101, United States
Hours:
Likely open (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 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

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

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  • Visit San Diego

    The blood orange iced tea is yummy!

    Visit San Diego · July 24, 2011
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  • 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
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  • Jacob R.

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

    Jacob R · August 29, 2010
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  • Jessica w/ E.

    A little fish named Cornelius lives here!

    Jessica w/ Event Static · November 27, 2011
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  • Kevin P.

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

    Kevin P. · June 7, 2010
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  • Deborrah R.

    Noodle soups are really good~

    Deborrah Ray · July 16, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Shawn C.

    Not worth $4. Trust me. Maybe $2

    Shawn Cheng · November 23, 2010
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  • Kevin R.

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

    Kevin Roth · 11 hours ago
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  • Muge O.

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

    Muge Ogultekin Tuna · October 24, 2014
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Kristen

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

    Kristen · January 14, 2014
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  • 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
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  • Sam J.

    Excellent place to go fishing for koi's!

    Sam Johnson · March 9, 2013
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  • Sydney B.

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

    Sydney Bazett · March 4, 2013
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  • Louise

    Save your money and skip it.

    Louise · August 24, 2012
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  • Mister Sushi

    Relax in their meditation garden

    Mister Sushi · September 15, 2011
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  • Duyen F.

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

    Duyen Fenston · June 21, 2011
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  • Leslie F.

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

    Leslie Fishlock · November 6, 2010
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