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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 94 Attractions in Phoenix
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
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96 reviews 96 reviews
54 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is a beautiful little gem right in the heart of Phoenix. Doesn't take a lot of time to walk through the entire garden, but you'll want to just sit and take in the peace and tranquility. It is almost cliche to say, but do NOT forget your camera. Only five bucks to get in, free on the first Friday... More 

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Arizona
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78 reviews 78 reviews
9 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Asian spirituality stresses the existence of a joyful stillness at the heart of nature and in each of us. But it can only be experienced if one is still enough to notice. Japanese gardens are artfully crafted to assist us in experiencing such moments. We have been to Japanese gardens in a number of cities including Honolulu, San Francisco, Seattle,... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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