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Japanese Friendship Garden

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Address: 1125 North 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone Number: (602) 262-6412
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Lovely spot

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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149 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Lovely spot! Feast for your eyes! Very relaxing! Don't miss this delightful garden. It is a real treasure not to be missed!

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Bristol, Connecticut
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This garden is actually owned by the City of Phoenix, so I was very surprised at its beauty, serenity, and attention to detail. A combination of water features, pathways, outdoor sculpture, bonsai and quiet was a feast for the senses. Admission is very reasonable and $1 for a bag of fish food adds a lot of fun as the huge,... More 

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Queen Creek, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The garden has a thing that they call the reveal and conceal. As you walk from one part of the garden to another the part you have seen cannot be seen (conceal) and the new part is revealed. It is a beautiful place to see. Would be perfect for a wedding or party. There is also a tea house when... More 

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Huntington, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Visited this wonderful spot in January. It's right in the middle of downtown PHX, yet you wouldn't know it once you are in the garden. The landscape is lush, and beautiful. The koi pond is great. You can tell the koi know the tourists that have the food, cause they swim right over, and stick their heads out with their... More 

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Foster City, California
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213 reviews 213 reviews
58 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

This lovely garden tucks so many lovely vistas in a very small area. We saw a couple that just got engaged while we were there and it would be a wonderful place to do that. An interesting side note is that the rest room is award winning and lovely. A rather unusual attraction at a garden.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a must see or everyone! It is probably the most relaxing and peaceful spot in the valley. It sits in the shadow of the Margaret Hence deck park. Not great for Summer outings.The docents are very knowledgeable and gladly answer all questions. Waterfalls, special rocks imported in from other parts of the state for authenticity. There is also... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My wife likes any garden. This one has some interesting features, but it really does not appear like the ones I have seen in Japan, probably because the plants would not survive well in Japan, but they do well here

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