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Japanese Friendship Garden

Address: 1125 North 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone Number: (602) 262-6412
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Ranked #21 of 93 Attractions in Phoenix
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Phoenix, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

In the downtown area of Phoenix, an area that has gone under a complete restore, sits a wonderful escape. The Japanese Friendship Garden has been here several years already but it took my wife who is new to the Valley to point it out and suggest we visit. I highly recommend a visit and be prepared to take it slow... More

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Irving, Texas
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17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

What a breath of fresh air. This small garden is a wonderful oasis in the middle of Phoenix. There were calming waterfalls and beautiful scenery with an authentic Japanese flavor. The volunteers who staff the gardens could not be more friendly and welcoming. This is a great spot for a nice photo, walking around or just sitting and enjoying the... More

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AZ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I'm thinking that since this place is less than a decade old, that's the reason why it seems so, well plain compared to other gardens around the country. The tea ceremony is very nice, spring/fall plantings are a sight to behold. I hope it does well so that in 5 years or so it'll become the showplace I feel it... More

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17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Great short stop of of the hectic city. Beautiful scenery and a MUST DO is feed the coy fish, get at least 2 bags!! Small entry fee is worth it. Got some beautiful photos

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California
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1,240 reviews 1,240 reviews
800 attraction reviews
299 helpful votes 299 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

These beautiful gardens, a gift I am thinking from a sister city?, is an oasis of peace, calm and serenity in downtown Phoenix. I love watching the koi!

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Salzburg
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

In the middle of buzzing Phoenix you find yourself in a quiet place with a perfect ambience: waterfalls, kois in the waters, gargoyles to prevent bad spirits (sashi) in the shape of a fish, lanterns in the water that make you think the water is illuminated. A place to unwind and relax

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Phoenix, Arizona
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This authentic Japanese garden transports you out of the city of Phoenix, and allows you to feel your strolling in the city of Himeji that is Phoenix sister city. Japanese landscapers designed the park, and it is a great experience in my opinion.

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Surprise, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A hidden jewel in downtown Phoenix. Living in the Phoenix area, I had no idea that this relaxing garden existed. While I understand the rationale of no food permitted, a picnic area would add to the experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I had no idea what to expect when I went here but I'm so glad I decided to give this place a visit ( I live in Phoenix). You could spend easily and hour or so just strolling and taking it in, such a gem for downtown :) Lovely mature trees, and bamboo and the waterfalls are gorgeous. Pick up... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Such a treat to find such a serene locality in the middle of a busy city! The garden is tastefully arranged with waterfalls, large forest trees, a lake and several walking paths. The koi are eager to be fed in the lake! A special treat is the tea ceremony presented once a month in the Tea House. A very soothing,... More

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