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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
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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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Relax in a perfect surrounding

This is a very nice quiet oasis in the busy town of San Jose. The garden is well maintained, most likely also in its very good state as it is locked during the night hours. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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Berkeley, California
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Berkeley, California
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170 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a very nice quiet oasis in the busy town of San Jose. The garden is well maintained, most likely also in its very good state as it is locked during the night hours. The little water fountains and water falls together with the typical Japanese garden plants and arrangement give a very nice copy of traditional Japanese Garden... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a great place to take pictures, see wedding parties, hike, enjoy the wonderful garden and to meditate. Never get tired of coming to this park and there is always something to see and enjoy.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This Japanese garden is absolutely beautiful, but I'm not sure if it was worth the $10 flat rate that I paid to park there. It's pretty, but it won't take more than 20 minutes to walk around the whole thing, and all the benches were in the sun so there was no where shady to relax or read since you... More 

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Mumbai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Just a normal garden. Nothing much to see, if u just want to spend some time its nice place. We went there after visiting Rose Garden so was disappointed

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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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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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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