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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 #12 of 80 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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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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San Jose, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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
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9 helpful votes 9 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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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
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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
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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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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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