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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 #13 of 77 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Went there for a photo shoot which was appropriate but wouldn't spend a day there otherwise. Its nice don't get me wrong but theres just not a whole lot to it...ten minutes from beginning to end.

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Belvidere, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Nice quiet place in the middle of the city. The ponds, bridges, and waterfalls are like another world.

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Regina, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

My wife and I went out of season so several of the trees were bare or just starting to bud. The garden itself is beautifully landscaped and the walking path will allow you to really experience the beauty of the small park.

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New Delhi
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

its a waste of time until and unless you have a big family picnic or kids for them to see the zoo. the hanging bridge is nice but not worth if you are a grown up and you have better thiongs to do in San Jose!

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This place is a great escape from the city. Very beautiful. We were in the area for a hockey tournament, and found this place. very nice!

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Wellington
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Nicely maintained set of formal Japanese Gardens, with lots of fish to spot and little streams to walk over. Lots of shade to stay out of the sun if you want to, but plenty of places to bask [if you feel like risking the wrath of the Geese - in October!]. The only downside for me, was that the obviously... More

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San Jose, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

My daughters who have an obsession with Japanese culture flew in from Connecticut. We needed to get out in the afternoon and walk so I gambled and we went to this garden. I've been in San Jose 6 years and had no idea this cute, large, and well appointed garden existed. The ponds and landscaping are outstanding. Its a great... More

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San Francisco
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I found this garden to be so quiet and serene, so well maintained and so pretty. We stayed for at least 2 hours. You can sit on a little stone bench and look out on the water or stroll around the grounds and over the little bridges. There seemed to be a tea room of some sort at the top,... More

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dallas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Garden was much larger than i thought, waterfalls, ponds and lots of trees. A great, free place to visit. As was the park adjoining it. Very nice place!

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Greenfield, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

I ca, to this park with my girl friend had a picnic its all free small parking fee there is also a good size zoo nice quite I will come back

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