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Japanese Friendship Garden

Off Senter Road between Keyes and Phelan, San Jose, CA 95112
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Ranked #10 of 81 Attractions in San Jose
Type: Gardens
Description: This well-maintained park covers six acres of manicured landscape, waterfalls, bridges and bonzai plants.
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San Jose, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
43 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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836 attraction reviews
863 helpful votes 863 helpful votes
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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24 helpful votes 24 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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Having lived in San Jose for more than a decade, I just discovered this beautiful garden recently. It's a nice place for a relaxing weekened afternoon and it's free. If you have kid, this is the place you want to bring your kid to visit. There are ducks, birds, and lots of different types of plants.

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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We took our nephew and niece during Spring one year. In the middle of a very congested, noisy and busy city, this is a bit of a hidden gem. Very beautiful during the Spring when the flowers are all in bloom. Great to stroll around in, enjoy the quiet and take in the view. The kids liked walking the trails... More

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La Jolla, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
18 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

A gem of a place in the city. Pack a picnic and enjoy the surroundings…ponds with ducks and fish, waterfalls, bridges, sculptures and gardens…very serene. It's large enough and not popular enough that you can find a quiet place to sit and spend as much or as little time as you want. It probably only takes 15 minutes to walk... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

Great place to get engaged, waterfalls on the grounds and love is in the air!!!! It's amazing and beautiful.

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