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Japanese Friendship Garden

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Address: 1125 North 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone Number: (602) 262-6412

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Moonviewing Festival

Each October the Moonviewing Festival, a celebration of Japanese Food and Culture, takes place at the Japanese Friendship garden. Sake, Japanese Traditional music, Traditional... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Each October the Moonviewing Festival, a celebration of Japanese Food and Culture, takes place at the Japanese Friendship garden. Sake, Japanese Traditional music, Traditional Dancing, and of course, the look at the Full Moon. (naked eye or telescope - your choice ) The Japanese Friendship Garden encompasses several small lakes, one of which serves as a 25,000 gallon Koi pond.... More 

1 Thank Standing I
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful hidden Jem's in Phoenix!!😃 Me and my husband married here in this peaceful garden.would not change a thing.well kept up,beautiful music to my ears of nature all around and waterfalls sets this place off.great pictures,very very polite and courteous staff members.and the price was definitely right!! I plant to renew my my vowels... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun place tucked into a neighborhood. Went for a music event. They had music strewn around the garden while the garden was lit up at night. You'd never expect this place to be where it is. Just a great little spot for an event or stroll.

1 Thank 902rayt
Chandler, Arizona
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

It was very traditional in nature and educational. I think that if you have a love for japanese culture it is worthwhile. The grounds are beautiful and docent very knowledgable.

1 Thank Napalovermelissa
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Visiting this garden reminded me of my time in Japan. It won't take long to walk through but this charming oasis in the heart of a busy city is worth a visit if you're in the area.

1 Thank Abbey G
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356 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

This is a hidden gem its beautiful to walk around or just for a while in peace. Its really not a big place and the fish are amazing and practically eat out of your hands. This is a good place for kids or older folks as there not a ton of walking.

Denver, Colorado
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47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

My family visited the gardens with my 90 year old Dad. It was perfect for a short and simple little walk. There was lots of benches to just sit and listen to the waterfalls, as well as a fairly short circular path with lots of shade to enjoy. Definitely were astounded by the ducks that would jump on the backs... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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71 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I agree with most other contributors, it really is a small nice place, but at $5/person it is seriously overpriced... If you are on a budget ans still want to visit - they have free/ voluntary donation admission on first Friday of each month.

1 Thank Fair_reviewer_NC
North Highlands, California
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

My sister and I were trying to kill time and trying to find a cheap and kid friendly place to take the kids to. This place was $5 per person with $3 for student and 3 and under free. The gift shop where we went to pay for entrance had a very sweet older lady help us. The place looked... More 

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Many shady benches under trees left one ok in high temperatures. There were many different plants and ducks to view. Inexpensive admission was great.

1 Thank Terri512

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