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Japanese Friendship Garden

1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1821
+1 602-291-9209
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Lovely oasis

Imagine discovering a beautiful, Japanese garden right in the heart of Phoenix! My grandchildren... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
francieWLafayette
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Wl Lafayette
Tranquil oasis

This little park within a park is a beautiful setting in mid-town Phoenix with many Japanese... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
j0njudy
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Pearce, Arizona
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We are a traditional Japanese stroll garden in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. We are 501(c)3 non profit organization in cooperation with the city of Phoenix and Phoenix Sister Cities Organization. The garden was designed and built by garden master designer "Mr. Nozomu Okita" with the cooperation of Phoenix Sister City Himeji garden association. This truly unique point of pride sits on 3.5 acres and includes a traditional Tea House. The Tea House is open once per month for tea ceremonies, by reservation only by contacting the office. This tranquil and beautiful setting features more than 1,500 tons of hand-picked rock, stone footbridges, lanterns and more than 50 varieties of plants. As you stroll the path, you will enjoy flowing streams, a 14-foot waterfall, and a Koi pond with over 1,000 colorful Koi fish. The garden hosts a variety annual artistic and educational special events and programs. Please see our website and Facebook page.
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1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1821
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+1 602-291-9209
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"koi fish"
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"tea ceremony"
in 13 reviews
"large pond"
in 7 reviews
"buy fish food"
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"tranquil place"
in 4 reviews
"japanese culture"
in 3 reviews
"a small gift shop"
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"wonderful garden"
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"water features"
in 4 reviews
"heart of downtown"
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"special events"
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"entrance fee"
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"phoenix area"
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"waterfall"
in 41 reviews
"ducks"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Imagine discovering a beautiful, Japanese garden right in the heart of Phoenix! My grandchildren and I had a beautiful morning there. The newly hatched ducklings were a bonus!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This little park within a park is a beautiful setting in mid-town Phoenix with many Japanese sculptures and plantings around a cool pond and meandering stream where 500 koi swim and vie for bits of fish food tossed by patrons. Water lillies flourish at one...More

Thank j0njudy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not big; but it's a little quiet green place in the middle of central Phoenix. They have some events there and lots of weddings are held there.

Thank Ursula M
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Reviewed May 16, 2018

Great place to spend time with the family. It is small but peaceful and pretty in the middle of the city. The tea ceremonies are a bit pricey but the garden is worth a visit.

Thank Sandra Á
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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

There's a $7 admission fee which I feel is overpriced for the experience. If you want to feed the ravenous koi fish, you can purchase a small packet of fish food for $1. The gift shop was very small, fitting only a few guests at...More

Thank RayRay12_12
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Reviewed May 12, 2018

I have always been in love with Japanese culture and this transported me back to my most recent visit to that wonderful country last year. This is serene oasis, almost in the heart of the city (actually in the Arts District, with easy access via...More

Thank nanatravels2
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Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

Nice and quaint. Smaller than we expected and only a few places to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. But since we visited on a weekday, few people were there. Make sure you get a small bag of fish food ($1) and help the...More

Thank BEY2
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

This is a lovely place to be but sadly not open in the late afternoon or early morning for the best light for photography! Nonetheless a tranquil oasis from the bustle of city life.

Thank Wendy C
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

This beautiful garden is surrounded by the City but allows one a sense of peace and serenity. I think we paid $5 to enter.

Thank Cinderbug
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

Great place to revive a busy soul. I could see myself sitting on one of the benches and reading a novel, or if I were still working bringing a sandwich and eating it here. We brought three children with us on this trip and they...More

Thank moose67
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Clifford O
October 16, 2017|
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Response from Hana S | Reviewed this property |
Garden: 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. Season: Tues - Sun October 1st - May 31st
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Salvador G
April 5, 2017|
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Response from JFGPHX | Property representative |
General admission is $5.00, $4.00 for seniors/military/students with ID. Children 6 and under are free. We sell koi food for $1.00 per serving in the gift shop. Thank you!
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crafter188
March 18, 2017|
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Response from JFGPHX | Property representative |
Hello thank you for your question. We allow service animals only. Thank you and have a wonderful day.
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