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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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Beautiful garden

The Japanese Friendship Garden is a peaceful haven for me. Whenever I needed to feel close to nature I went here. I loved the garden itself. It was well maintained, serene and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The Japanese Friendship Garden is a peaceful haven for me. Whenever I needed to feel close to nature I went here. I loved the garden itself. It was well maintained, serene and beautiful. It's always quiet there. The flowers are wonderful, the walkway was inviting and meditative.

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Sparks, Nevada
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80 reviews 80 reviews
22 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

When you are in the middle of the Japanese Friendship Garden you almost forget that you are in the arm-pit of a city that is San Jose. The gardens are very tranquil and quiet. You are surrounded by small pieces of Japanese architecture, koi (which you can feed), ducks, Japanese maples and many more plant/flower varieties of the most brilliant... More 

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 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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53 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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