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Japanese Friendship Garden

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Slow down and enjoy the moment

Over the past few years I shared this spot with family members visiting from out of town. My... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Phoenix, Arizona

We used a Culture Pass to try this garden out so our visit was free. Otherwise, the fee is minimal... read more

Reviewed December 1, 2018
Victoria P
Carefree, Arizona
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“koi fish”(27 reviews)
“tea ceremony”(13 reviews)
“large pond”(7 reviews)
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...more
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1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1821
+1 602-291-9209
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice, but the peace was marred by huge apartment buildings looming around the garden. Unlike Portland's Japanese Garden, which is surrounded by giant Evergreens.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Florencia49
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The garden was small and beautiful. It's a great place for photos and to slowly walk around and enjoy the serenity. I wish I had more time to just sit and enjoy the sun and atmosphere. Even though it is small it a nice spot...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NewTravelRose
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over the past few years I shared this spot with family members visiting from out of town. My recommendation is to approach this garden with an objective to slow down, have a seat, and enjoy the moment. This is a beautiful spot near downtown Phoenix....More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank DesertFun100
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing interesting and special. Place has no soul. The stuff are unwelcoming. Small, boring, bad organized.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Alexandra S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's just okay. Small, but somewhat interesting. Many of the features were closed and there were places that supposedly have running water, but don't.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Quest639497
Reviewed January 3, 2019

The Japanese Friendship Gardens are a really beautiful place to visit, beautifully planted gardens and tea house.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank maryhoward2009
Reviewed December 27, 2018 via mobile

The gardens are small but very lovely. The staff are very nice and helpful. They offer a walking tour for $3 extra. The koi fish are a must. Fish food can be purchased for $1. The gift shop is small. Perhaps one hour is more...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank renetab2015
Reviewed December 1, 2018

We used a Culture Pass to try this garden out so our visit was free. Otherwise, the fee is minimal to enter. It was a nice cool day for a stroll through the Japanese Gardens. We were welcomed by the kind staff and asked to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Victoria P
Reviewed November 17, 2018

This is such a lovely site for a wedding. I spent 4 days leaving messages, emails and texts for the only person there that handles weddings. Every time I called I was told they would get ahold of Raina and have her call me. I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank dln2904
Reviewed November 8, 2018

It’s hard to believe this luscious garden is in the middle of a large and busy city. A lovely place to wander or sit and enjoy the beauty.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Nancy15423
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Clifford O
October 16, 2017|
Response from Hana S | Reviewed this property |
Garden: 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. Season: Tues - Sun October 1st - May 31st
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!
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.