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Japanese Friendship Garden

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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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A wonderful happenstance adventure

This was a wonderful place that I randomly stumbled upon after checking out the zoo. It is so beautiful and unique! It makes you feel as if the current drought weren't a reality... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This was a wonderful place that I randomly stumbled upon after checking out the zoo. It is so beautiful and unique! It makes you feel as if the current drought weren't a reality it's so green and beautiful. Wonderful for a light stroll, with beautiful paved side walks with some slight inclines, adorable mother ducks and her ducklings in the... More 

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Milledgeville, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is not a big garden, but it is very pretty and serene. Our kids enjoyed watching and feeding the fish in the koi ponds, and there were plenty of shaded places to sit and enjoy the peaceful scenery. Our only frustration was finding parking. There are lots in the big city park surrounding the garden, but it is pay... More 

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Belgaum, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

It is a beautiful garden with excellent walking trail of ups and downs. Full of lush green lawns with running water streams and ponds. Place of enjoyment for children too but must be accompanied by elders. Fine place to spend time on holidays and evenings.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Quiet and peaceful. Nice place have a lunch and walk around, or relax by ponds and waterfalls. You have to pay 6 dollars for parking.

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I had gone there as a child and loved to walk in the serene gardens. I am a teacher, and I tutor, cater, and house/kid/pet sit. My ward on this outing was part of a house sit that I had for two weeks. She is 18 and operates about ten years younger. I needed something that would give us some... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Really beautiful garden that is apparently inspired by the Korakuen garden in Okayama, Japan (one of the three best gardens in Japan). There is a tea house inside, but it was closed on Sunday when we went. The admission is free, but you do have to pay for parking. I highly recommend this garden!

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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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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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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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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Address: Off Senter Road between Keyes and Phelan, San Jose, CA 95112
Phone Number: 408-287-2290
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose

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