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Shinzen Japanese Garden

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Address: 114 E Audubon Dr, Fresno, CA 93720-1512
Phone Number: 15598401264
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Shinzen Friendship Garden is a traditional northwestern American...

The Shinzen Friendship Garden is a traditional northwestern American Japanese Garden. The Garden was constructed to honor Fresno’s Sister City, Kochi, Japan, celebrating the spirit of understanding and promoting educational and cultural awareness.

The beauty, grace and serenity of Japanese design is present in the use of varied plant material, rocks and stones, and water throughout the five acre garden. The garden is designed around the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter; granite markers identify each section.

In the Fall of 2015 we were proud to be chosen to house and display the world-class Clark Bonsai Collection, which is now on permanent display in the garden, offering a seasonal rotation of some of the finest Bonsai in the United States.

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The bonsai exhibit within the garden is exquisite with the finest exhibits I have ever seen. It was a very tranquil setting, just beautiful.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Fresno, California
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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The bonsai exhibit within the garden is exquisite with the finest exhibits I have ever seen. It was a very tranquil setting, just beautiful.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

First time to Fresno. The park is quite a distance from Hwy 99, but it's worth driving there. Had to pay $5/car entrance fee into Woodward Park, but didn't have to pay $5/pp into Shinzen Japanese Garden because we were there for a wedding. Beautiful setting with lots of trees and water. There is also a stone arch bridge that... More 

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

This place was beautiful. Wasn't expecting much, but was I blown away. We definitely take nature for granted sometimes. Here you can actually stop and smell the flowers and just enjoy the nice quiet scenery. A beautiful place to take pictures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Beautiful! Very relaxing. If meditation is what you want come here. See the fish in the ponds and just relax. Can get over-whemingly hot in summer. Better to go in morning or evenings.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

Affordable and pretty place to visit. My only complaint is that the bonsai garden isn't always open. We were disappointed not to see it. We also felt like the pond/lake on the other side of the Koi was dirty. Otherwise the place has gorgeous trees and a great place to take photos.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Took a group of ladies ages 30-60 yo to this place and everyone enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Many photo spots and easy walking paths. Paths were paved and each area was labeled according to season. We really liked the tree museum where different types of trees (bonsai) were displayed with its origination story. We went in April around 3pm and... More 

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

Lovely japanese garden packed full of plants, sculptures, Koi pond, and bonsai exhibit. Nice walking paths and great for everyone. Definitely worth $5 admission. I would of liked to see plant id tags though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

The Shinzen Japanese Garden is absolutely beautiful. If you are a amateur photographer~~this is the place for you. Well maintained, peaceful (great place to meditate) and a garden you will want to visit again and again. Would highly recommend a visit to the Shinzen Japanese Gardens.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Very beautiful garden. Perfect place to meditate and walk in the mornings. Would recommend for adults. Perfect for taking snap shots.

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Clovis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

It was a lovely morning and my husband and I went to Woodward Park to see the advertised bonsai exhibit. What a lovely treat. The Japanese Gardens are another gem in our area. It has beautifully manicured gardens that show seasonal colors. The water features are both visually and auditorial pleasures to enjoy. We meandered through the easily planned paths... More 

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