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Japanese Friendship Garden

Off Senter Road between Keyes and Phelan, San Jose, CA 95112
408-287-2290
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Ranked #10 of 64 Attractions in San Jose
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: This well-maintained park covers six acres of manicured landscape, waterfalls, bridges and bonzai plants.

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New Delhi, India
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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 reviews 5 reviews
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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 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
32 helpful votes 32 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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Ankeny, Iowa
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75 reviews 75 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Absolutely surprised to see such a well-maintained, breathtakingly beautiful Japanese garden in a commercialized city. The bridges, the berms, the pond, the flowers, the trees, and the ducks and fish all gave us a sense of cleansing of the soul and let us return to the purity and peace. It's a window to understand the Asian culture.

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california
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114 reviews 114 reviews
24 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Having been to Korakuen Park in Okayama, Japan, one of the top three gardens in Japan, I can appreciate the efforts used to recreate a little bit of that beauty here in San Jose. Though its is not as grand or majestic, no castle in background for instance, or not as large, 6 acres compared to over 30 acres, San... More

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