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Address: Off Senter Road between Keyes and Phelan, San Jose, CA 95112
Phone Number: 408-287-2290
Description: This well-maintained park covers six acres of manicured landscape...
This well-maintained park covers six acres of manicured landscape, waterfalls, bridges and bonzai plants.
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Small, hidden but pleasant spot in San Jose

So I came here on a whim since I had a day off and really wanted to see and do something new. I didn't realize it is located next to the Happy Hollow zoo in San Jose. It's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
Eduardo P
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

So I came here on a whim since I had a day off and really wanted to see and do something new. I didn't realize it is located next to the Happy Hollow zoo in San Jose. It's somewhat hidden and you can't really see it passing by in a vehicle as the garden is fenced in. Nonetheless, it was... More 

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This place is located near San Jose, and in the midst of Kelley Park. It's difficult to locate the Japanese Tea Garden, but once you get it to it, it is quite serene. The trees are very nicely manicured and the garden has traditional Japanese bridges over pond. There is a nice Tea House which can be traditional Japanese Tea... More 

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New Delhi, India
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144 reviews 144 reviews
47 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Headed to this garden to spend some time in peace. its quite small and peaceful. Nice afternoon break.

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I took my daughter and granddaughter several times. The garden is well maintained and easy to walk around. We found several great photo opportunities. It was very peaceful and relaxing. I would go back again and again.

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San Jose, California
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This beautiful garden has been around for so long but the gardeners do a great job of keeping it lovely and quaint. The koi in the large ponds, the herons and ducks all add to the beauty of the wonderfully maintained foliage and trees. A must for visiting if you are a local and want to show off to your... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Whenever I come to SJC, I visit the Japanese Friendshio Garden to calm down and to forget the time. It has been one of the few things that have stayed the same for the last 40 years since my first visit,

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San Jose, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I have been here a number of times and always enjoyed myself. great place for a picnic near the Koi pond or to marvel at the Japanese woodworking skills shown in the conference room hand built by Japanese craftsmen. Very serene, but bring whatever you need with you. No amenities

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New Delhi, India
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

One of the most exquisite places in the area. Peaceful and so well-maintained. Not a leaf out of place. The koi garden, the waterfall, the bridge, the wooded walks and the tea house - everything is in its place. Yes, it is small and has a ticket. You can cover it it all within 30 minutes - including a short... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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82 reviews 82 reviews
43 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The park itself was very beautiful and quiet. It was a nice place to stroll and reflect, and had a great potential for photography. I enjoyed quietly meandering and taking pictures. Although the park is open to the public, there is a $6 parking fee. The parking lot I used felt seedy, with many suspicious folk loitering around, but nothing... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The small beautiful Japanese friendship garden in Kelly Park is a very nice park. There is a Japanese tea house there for events; there is a Japanese style garden bridge. I saw koi fish in the pond there. I enjoyed walking on the paths. There are nice places to sit and enjoy the garden views, pond views, and waterfall view.... More 

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