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Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden

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Balboa Park, San Diego
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  • Mister Sushi
    "Relax in their meditation garden"(2 Tips)
    Tim B.
    "Peaceful, serene, its a great place to slow down, take your..."(3 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.
  • 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.
  • Sydney B.
    Sydney BazettMarch 4, 2013
    So pretty! Its $4 to get in or $3 for student/military.
  • Tiffany R.
    Tiffany RuppJanuary 29
    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.
  • 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
  • Muge O.
    Muge Ogultekin TunaOctober 24, 2014
    Pond and the fishes worth it but got more things to do!
  • Tim B.
    Tim BushnellSeptember 25
    Very serene and peaceful, a wonder place to slow down, take your time, reflect and relax
  • Liam M.
    Liam MayMarch 30
    Amazing, tranquil and breathtaking sights!
  • Munira S.
    Just come take a walk and enjoy nature
  • Tim B.
    Tim BushnellSeptember 25
    Peaceful, serene, its a great place to slow down, take your time, reflect, and relax
  • 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
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin P.June 7, 2010
    Try the Japanese cherry (sakura) tea, it's delicious!
  • Sam J.
    Sam JohnsonMarch 9, 2013
    Excellent place to go fishing for koi's!
  • 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!
  • Jacob R.
    Jacob RAugust 29, 2010
    $4/person to get in, but it's only worth $2/person.
  • Mister Sushi
    Mister SushiSeptember 15, 2011
    Relax in their meditation garden
  • Jessica w/ E.
    Jessica w/ Event StaticNovember 27, 2011
    A little fish named Cornelius lives here!
  • Tolga
    TolgaFebruary 20
    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...
  • 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
  • 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.
    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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