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Japanese Friendship Garden

1125 North 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 262-6412
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Ranked #28 of 129 attractions in Phoenix
Type: Gardens
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Strathroy, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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203 reviews 203 reviews
43 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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Tucson, Arizona
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

What a lovely place to go to enjoy some peace and quiet in the midst of the crowded city. Although this isn't a huge place, there are benches scattered around for you to sit and enjoy the view, the ponds had baby ducks that were fun to watch. The waterfalls were beautiful and the admission fee was reasonable enough that... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We were looking to kill some time before returning our rental car and catching a flight back home. This was a great place to relax and get centered before grabbing some lunch nearby and jumping on that flight. Beautiful day. We missed the Thai Chi demonstration. Cute old ladies checking us in, using the Ipad. Don't forget to buy some... More

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Miami, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

If you are not a big outdoor person, this garden is for you. It's small, calm and very pretty. I enjoyed strolling through the paths and feeding the fish. Just a delightful place to sit in the shade and take in the fresh air. Bring a book, or like I did, go with a friend and catch up.

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Phoenix, Arizona
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

For a quick trip to a pretty garden, I suggest this one if you are in the area. I learned a lot from the information given to us at the welcome center. A very nice place to visit. I only wish it would have been larger! Who knows, maybe someday they will expand. Let's hope!

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