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Address: 1125 North 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone Number: (602) 262-6412
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Quiet Oasis over the Freeway

We had heard a lot about this place from our Japanese friends in town and today we were close by and decided to give it a look ourselves. Parking was a bit tricky, but after... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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JAPAN
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299 reviews 299 reviews
72 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We had heard a lot about this place from our Japanese friends in town and today we were close by and decided to give it a look ourselves. Parking was a bit tricky, but after paying the ticket fee of $ 5.00 ( 4.00 for seniors ) we got to enjoy the the little park with such an interesting history.... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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74 reviews 74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Bubbling with birds and delightful sights, this garden is a treasure of tranquility. Small entrance fee, buy some food for the koi!

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Melbourne, Australia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
46 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We got a bit lost finding the garden, even the locals we asked said they did not know it! It was only a few yards away in the opposite direction on a one way street, so be sure to have good directions. It is not a large area but beautifully set up. It was very peaceful and well designed ,... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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41 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A wonderfully serene setting nestled in the heart of Phoenix. You've got trees, ducks, fish, and plenty of water to melt away the stresses of your daily routine, bringing your mind into focus and helping you to appreciate Life. Admission is $5. For Students, Military, Seniors and Children, admission is $4 (kids 6 and under are Free). This park is... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Beautiful little garden near downtown. Just $5 to get in and $4 for students! For $1 you can buy a small bag of food to feed the Koi fish. We bought one and ended up buying two more because the poor fish seemed like they were starving! We liked it and were glad we stopped. Worth the price and trip.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This garden is beautiful. We spent a peaceful hour in the garden one morning. It is a great find for such a busy city. You can purchase food for $1 to feed the koi fish. We enjoyed this so much we purchased 2 more bags. The bathroom was lovely and clean. Note that the garden is open October to May... More 

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NEUS
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Very nice small garden close to downtown. This is like a quiet oasis. Wonderful place to walk and relax

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Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Having visited Japan, we were keen to see this garden. It is small and easy to walk. It was fairly busy with young and old, when we went. Feeding the koi was a large part of the fun for the young. It a lovely oasis but not particularly 'Japanese', in our opinion. We still enjoyed our time there.

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Phoenix AZ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

A time and space for serenity in the middle of town! Over a freeway that isn't heard as you stroll through the beautifully designed garden, observe the Koi and interesting birds, become one with the waters falling and bonsai features. A true bargain in beauty.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have sponsored a tree here; the place is surprising in the midst of a sprawling cowboy town. Immaculately maintained; I come here to meditate, pray, be still. Weddings during the season; tea house, beautiful lake with Koi and quacking ducks. A rewarding venture.

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