We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Japanese Friendship Garden

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Off Senter Road between Keyes and Phelan, San Jose, CA 95112
Phone Number: 408-287-2290

This well-maintained park covers six acres of manicured landscape,...

This well-maintained park covers six acres of manicured landscape, waterfalls, bridges and bonzai plants.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 124 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 61
  • 40
    Very good
  • 10
  • 1
  • 1
Beautiful place to visit

This is a relatively small garden but very beautiful and provide very relaxing atmosphere. Working hours are limited and it is better to review opening before coming.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Arthur T
San Jose, California
Add Photo Write a Review

124 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 113: English reviews
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a relatively small garden but very beautiful and provide very relaxing atmosphere. Working hours are limited and it is better to review opening before coming.

Thank Arthur T
A TripAdvisor Member
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful weather so we decided to just go over to this garden. It is worth the time visit well maintained with ducks flying around, egret relaxing at the fountain, huge carps Swimming in the lake. Enjoy the quiet yet scenic time. Love it

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Clarkston, MI
Level Contributor
57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this garden last week with my 11 year old son, our family friend and her three daughters (all under age 9). It's free, it's beautiful to walk through, and there is a lot to appreciate between the flora, fauna and fish.

Thank Nelleigh
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a delight, 1 mile away from downtown San Jose, this is a lovely calm park. Sculptured trees, ponds and koi carp make for a delightful escape. There are some steep slopes but also a flat loop around the edge. Take plenty of quarters for fish food, children love this! You'll happily get an hour out of this free attraction,... More 

Thank Lisa I
Liberty, Missouri
Level Contributor
187 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Talk about a lovely surprise! This garden is just beautiful. My son and grandchildren and I walked the entire park. The kids loved feeding the gorgeous fish and catching Pokemon. The ponds and flowering trees worked together for a perfect experience.

Thank GGMaSue19
Gilroy, California
Level Contributor
212 reviews
151 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is such a treasure for San Jose, It was one of the first local attractions that I went to upon moving here

Thank Norma W
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

This is a really cute park. They have geese and koi fish which can be fun and relaxing to watch. It's a fun place for kids but one can also find a quiet place to relax. If I lived in the area I'd visit often.

Thank Litleragdoll
Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I came here with an objective - someplace free where I could test out my camera. I found a beautifully designed complex of three connected lakes, koi pond, tea house for events, and lovely winding paths connecting all the pieces. I probably spent an hour-and-a-half here, between feeding the koi, and people watching. It is a reasonable size so you... More 

Thank Cailin56
Fremont, California
Level Contributor
123 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

This is an excellent Japanese garden, beautifully landscaped, with plenty of ponds and trees. It is very quiet and relaxing. However for a short visit, the cost of parking is outrageous. They want seven dollars for parking, no matter how long your visit, whether be 15 minutes or all day. Thanks but I'll go to the one in Hayward unless... More 

Thank GymAW
Level Contributor
75 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

but it is still a relaxing stroll through the garden. i went here frequently as a child 40 years ago and remember a lot more fish but everything else is exactly the same as 40 years ago. my thai wife and her friend loved it, they took so many pictures

1 Thank antiindian

Travelers who viewed Japanese Friendship Garden also viewed


Been to Japanese Friendship Garden? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Japanese Friendship Garden and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
2 months ago
over a year ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Japanese Friendship Garden staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?