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Japanese Friendship Garden

1125 North 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 262-6412
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Ranked #28 of 128 Attractions in Phoenix
Type: Gardens
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Flagstaff Arizona
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69 reviews 69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Rated average to not detract from what appears to be a nice garden. Were disappointed because this would have been a nice addition to a business trip downtown. Plenty of parking and good central location to businesses.

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Tucson, Arizona
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Maybe even zen, though it isn't a rock and sand garden. This garden was constructed as a collaboration between the city of Phoenix and its sister city, Himeji, Japan. It is also called Ro Ho En. It features a very large koi pond with a zigzag bridge over it, with beautiful shocking pink water lilies in season, and a few... More

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Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A wonderful, beautiful destination for an outing. Whether you're visiting Phoenix, or you're looking for a quiet place to take the family for a weekend stroll, I recommend the Japanese Friendship Garden. It is a beautiful garden filled with cultural information. It is quiet, even when there are lots of people, and it is very peaceful and relaxing. While we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Had a great time at this park with my husband. We took a lot great photos together. Feed the fish and sat on the grass enjoying what I refer to as mini oasis in phoenix. I would say this is a great place for yound adults and adult. It's a relaxing setting. We found the earlier the better less people.

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Strathroy, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We stumbled across this and were pleasantly surprised. Minimal costs and relaxing, even though it is downtown. Peaceful shady retreat to explore - even our teens enjoyed feeding the koi.

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Newton, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

I didnt want to go here at first. 5$ and a ton of coy fish. I ended up staying for about an hour. The ducks (especially the babies) were my favorite. If you like giant coy fish and a garden, this is your place.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

First trip to Arizona and tripadvisor had this listed as a place to check out. I'm glad I did. A friend and I spend hours just checking out the landscaping and the fish / birds / trees that were there. I took over a hundred and fifty pictures and looking at them now I must say that the Japanese Friendship... More

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Leesburg, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I honestly thought I was lost trying to get to this place because it did not seem one would find a Zen garden in Phoenix's downtown area. The entrance belies the beauty that lies inside once you pass through the gates. I believe I paid $5 for admission, which chalked up to be the best deal I had during my... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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205 reviews 205 reviews
44 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Beautiful Japanese landscaping was designed by master gardeners from Phoenix's sister city. Japanese tea ceremonies are offered with advance notice. Note that the garden is not open in the summer, and the hours are limited the rest of the year.

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Sylvan Lake, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We took a couple of hours at this Japanese Garden, while on holiday in Phoenix, and are glad we did.....'walked around on the lovely serene paths, viewed the pretty Japanese statuary and fed the koi. Not for people who need constant, high-level activity, just a pleasant stroll. We also enjoyed the little giftshop. It was a quietly memorable experience, we'd... More

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