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Japanese Friendship Garden

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Address: 1125 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1821
Phone Number: (602) 262-6412
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Worth the visit - draws you into a world of tranquility

We came to visit on a Friday afternoon. The first thing we liked was that we found plenty of free parking right by the garden. That was a big plus, since it's right in the middle... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Queen Creek, Arizona
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Queen Creek, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came to visit on a Friday afternoon. The first thing we liked was that we found plenty of free parking right by the garden. That was a big plus, since it's right in the middle of the downtown area. There is a koi pond so, of course, you can purchase the food pellets to throw in the water. No... More 

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Scottsdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My fiancé and I visited this place a few weeks ago based on the recommendation of our neighbor who had attended a traditional Japanese tea ceremony there with her boyfriend. We had business to attend to downtown, which was early in the day, so we weren't able to experience the tea service. However, we found the grounds to be exceptionally... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

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.

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Chandler, Arizona
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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.

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Houston, Texas
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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.

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Arizona
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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.

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Denver, Colorado
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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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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.

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