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Japanese Friendship Garden

1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
+1 602-291-9209
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This Friendship garden, meant to commemorate the relationship between Phoenix and its sister city... read more

Reviewed April 11, 2017
Cupertino, CA
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This needs to be on the "highlight" list of things to see in Phoenix

As an avid gardener, I am shocked that the garden is not really touted by the tourist bureau as... read more

Reviewed March 24, 2017
Dripping Springs, Texas
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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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  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“tea ceremony” (12 reviews)
“large pond” (6 reviews)
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1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
+1 602-291-9209
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Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

This Friendship garden, meant to commemorate the relationship between Phoenix and its sister city in Japan, is rather small. The main feature is a good sized pond loaded with Koi. Many children and some adults feed the Koi with food purchased where you enter the...More

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Reviewed March 24, 2017

As an avid gardener, I am shocked that the garden is not really touted by the tourist bureau as "top rated site" to visit in Phoenix. We had to "stumble" across it and it is tough to find by car--lots of one way streets and...More

Thank 1234texas
Reviewed March 20, 2017

This is a great little garden, in a great little neighbourhood. Away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The fish and ducks provide the entertainment. There is also a tea house (it was not open the weekend we visited). The gift shop...More

1  Thank limeyca
Reviewed March 7, 2017

we always try to visit Japanese Gardens when traveling. this one might be the smallest we have visited. It was well laid out, lots of foliage and vegetation. water features were very nice. in all it was a nice relaxing spot, a place to escape...More

1  Thank rex h
Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

Perfect for relaxation and contemplation. Quiet, well laid out, everything one would want in a Japanese garden.

Thank Miles F
Reviewed February 14, 2017

Nice places to walk and sit. Beautiful landscaping. This Friendship Garden is a beautiful gift to Phoenix.

1  Thank Harpangel
Reviewed February 8, 2017

We have been to couple of Japanese gardens and found them to be quiet and tranquil and an excellent place for meditation and reflection This garden was no exception and was nicely laid out and tranquil. Plan to spend about an hour to walk through...More

4  Thank Kenji56
Reviewed February 5, 2017

I spent a warm afternoon touring the gardens. They were well done and fascinating, but lacked the color I expect from an urban garden in may.

Thank lsobel
Reviewed January 25, 2017 via mobile

Great place to stroll around and be in contact with nature. The place is well maintained very clean and free of noise.

1  Thank larafuentes
Reviewed January 14, 2017

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...More

4  Thank birdlady07
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Salvador G
how much is the entrance fee.
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!
Are small dogs allowed in the garden?
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.
Is the Japanese Friendship Garden easy to find? Where do you park and is there a parking fee?
December 22, 2016|
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Response from blondie16 | Reviewed this property |
Not hard to find - no parking fee in lot