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Japanese Friendship Garden

11 Reviews
Closing in 31 mins Open from 10:00am-7:00pm
Address: 2215 Pan American Rd E,San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: +1-619-2322721

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The Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego. Many cities in the United States have Japanese parks. These Japanese parks are a bit similar. They are also messengers to spread Japanese culture, increase Americans’ understanding of Japan, and enhance the friendship between the two countries. The Japanese parks are not big, but they all have distinctive Japanese characteristics and are all exquisite. The San Diego Japan Friendship Park is in the Balboa park in San Diego. San Diego and Yokohama, Japan are sister cities, so this park has become a symbol of friendship between the two cities. This is somewhat different from Seattle, which has the oldest Japanese park in the United States. (The Japanese Garden in Seattle was built by local Japanese people actively raising funds.) In 1999, the famous Japanese architect Takeo Uesugi completed the design of Friendship Park, but it was not until 2015 that all his architectural ideas were implemented. Uesugi's design concept completely follows the principle of returning to the original: curved bridge water, stone lanterns, Japanese maple trees, pine trees, azalea flowers, tea houses, etc. Walking into the park, I immediately sigh the Japanese people's ingenuity and love for nature.

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  • 7974N-Moss11

    Friends from Japan wouldn't be impressed

    Efficiency is the buzzword in Japan. I know many friends who are efficient. But not this garden in efficiency as everything seems disorganized.

    Reviewed on /Date(1603105612000+0800)/
  • MohQut
    Amman, Jordan

    More than it looks like

    At first glance, I would have said this is too expensive for a garden and the only reason I went in was that it was a part of my SD Go Card, now I can honestly say that the Japanese friendship garden ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1602287294000+0800)/
  • 990bethanys
    Denver, Colorado

    Nice but small

    The gardens were beautiful but were rather small, especially for the $12 entry fee. Pathswere clearly marked and we enjoyed our visit

    Reviewed on /Date(1601996675000+0800)/
  • GlobalGypsy_13
    San Diego, California

    It's Open & Official

    The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) has safely reopened to the public in June 2020. And it has received well-deserved recognition with museum status by the Association of Museums. Except for 1 secti...

    Reviewed on /Date(1594819921000+0800)/
  • dianebK724JV
    Montreal, Quebec

    Nice but not a must see

    This garden was classified as a museum. There were walking parts through a garden where you can relax and take photos. One section was a museum but there were small labels that were too small to read....

    Reviewed on /Date(1593793290000+0800)/

Additional Information


The Japanese Friendship Garden was created for the World Expo of 1915. Though initially a temporary exhibit, it became permanent as volunteers cared for it for the next 30 years. The garden is now tended thanks to the work of a non-profit. The gardens incorporate traditional Japanese elements like a koi pond and a rock garden, and contain an exhibit hall with Japanese cultural arts. Classes are held and weddings frequently take place on the weekends.
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