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Japanese Friendship Garden

Off Senter Road between Keyes and Phelan, San Jose, CA 95112
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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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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The small beautiful Japanese friendship garden in Kelly Park is a very nice park. There is a Japanese tea house there for events; there is a Japanese style garden bridge. I saw koi fish in the pond there. I enjoyed walking on the paths. There are nice places to sit and enjoy the garden views, pond views, and waterfall view.... More

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Ankeny, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Absolutely surprised to see such a well-maintained, breathtakingly beautiful Japanese garden in a commercialized city. The bridges, the berms, the pond, the flowers, the trees, and the ducks and fish all gave us a sense of cleansing of the soul and let us return to the purity and peace. It's a window to understand the Asian culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Having been to Korakuen Park in Okayama, Japan, one of the top three gardens in Japan, I can appreciate the efforts used to recreate a little bit of that beauty here in San Jose. Though its is not as grand or majestic, no castle in background for instance, or not as large, 6 acres compared to over 30 acres, San... More

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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
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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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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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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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