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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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A beautiful quiet retreat

This place is beautiful. Be sure and take your camera. Unfortunately tripods are not allowed. It sort of changes as the seasons change. Wear your walking shoes.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Sun City West, Arizona
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Sun City West, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This place is beautiful. Be sure and take your camera. Unfortunately tripods are not allowed. It sort of changes as the seasons change. Wear your walking shoes.

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Tempe, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I saw that the Friendship Garden was highly reviewed, so my boyfriend and I took my friend who was visiting from out of town there. We each had to pay $5 to get in and normally I would be okay with that but the garden is tiny! You could easily walk around the whole park in 5 minutes. I supposed... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The Japanese Friendship Garden is pretty and a nice oasis in the city but very small and simple. It is a great concept but having been in Japan and having seen the beautiful gardens there, this one needs a bit more work. Having said that, if I worked in the area, I would definitely visit the gardens on a daily... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We loved feeding the koi fish! The honeysuckle was in bloom and smelled great. We only spent an hour because it got hot but I would go again. So beautiful and peaceful.

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Lorain, Ohio
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Well kept gardens are a joint project of Phoenix and Himeji, Japan to highlight the culture of Japan. Beautiful waterfall, koi pond, tea garden, bridges, and a pagoda. A self-guided tour map is very easy to follow and explains each area. Small gift shop with many nice items at the entrance. Special events take place the first Friday of certain... More 

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Peoria, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

If you've never been to a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony... you MUST try it. We took my husband for his birthday! He loves tea. He was the guest of honor, which you can request when you make your reservation. Not into Tea? You can stroll through the gardens many walkways and paths. A wonderful spot for contemplation and peaceful interludes.

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JAPAN
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300 reviews 300 reviews
72 attraction reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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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77 reviews 77 reviews
13 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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92 reviews 92 reviews
47 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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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154 reviews 154 reviews
44 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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