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Japanese Friendship Garden

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Address: 1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
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+1 602-256-3204
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Peace and Tranquility in the middle of Phoenix

I had a very pleasant experience at the Japanese Friendship Garden. I enjoyed the peace, tranquility, and beauty of the garden. I bought some food in the gift shop for the koi... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
birdlady07
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Merrillville, Indiana
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Merrillville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a very pleasant experience at the Japanese Friendship Garden. I enjoyed the peace, tranquility, and beauty of the garden. I bought some food in the gift shop for the koi fish and ducks. They were all hungry and ate the food quickly. There were many pretty pigeons in the park, too. They seemed very content, bathing and preening... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is wonderful and very beautiful. My kids loved feeding the huge Koi fish and very affordable. I wish only the Japanese tea house was open to public too. Only used for parties who pay an additional $35pp🙄 Other then that a great way to spend an hour.

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited in December 2016. The construction that other reviewers mentioned is complete, and the garden is a beauty. We loved it all... pond, waterfall, lawn, bridge. They were aerating the pond when we were there, so there were a few small air compressors scatted around, and while their noise was noticeable, it wasn't distracting. I did... More 

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Phoenix
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is hidden and a secret to many who live here. I discovered it a few years ago initially and have been spreading the word. A group of friends celebrated my birthday here with an intimate japanese Tea Ceremony in which you make reservations for. It was lovely and special! Walking the bounds is meditative and the docents here are... More 

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Thank D M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this little garden by accident. It was quite lovely and relaxing. Debra went out of her way to teach us about the intricacies of the garden. Make sure to buy fish food to feed the koi!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

Just ok. Tea house closed to visitors without a reservation which is $30 and requires pre planning. Lots of koi to feed. Took about 1/2 hour to slowly stroll. Admission $5

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

This is a worst, saddest garden I ever seen. It took us 5 minutes to walk around and we see nothing, except green water in a pond, half dead pines and couple of Japanese little statues. Do not waste your time.

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New Bedford,MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Don't waste your time while they are still working. The beauty of the place is ruined. We paid $1 less, but it wasn't worth it . Should be free right now. I'm sure it will be nice when complete.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

I decided to make a visit to this Japanese Garden to get an idea of what it had to offer. I was so happy I made the trek to the little neighborhood where it is hidden! It is definitely small and somewhat unassuming, but it was quiet, had a wonderful little walking path through the gardens, and I enjoyed the... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

When we went to the garden the pools were almost drained with ugly pipes, tubes, and generators everywhere. What was left was an ugly green slime which completely detracted from any other part of the garden. I feel like we wasted our money. Go to Portland Oregon and check out their Japanese Garden to see what a good one is... More 

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