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Japanese Friendship Garden

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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.

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Lovely San Jose gem hiding in plain sight.

The Kelley Park complex in San Jose is amazing. Aside from Kelley Park, Happy Hollow Zoo, History Park, and the disc golf course, there's ALSO this lovely gem of a Japanese... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Kari D
San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Kelley Park complex in San Jose is amazing. Aside from Kelley Park, Happy Hollow Zoo, History Park, and the disc golf course, there's ALSO this lovely gem of a Japanese garden. Meander through lovely gardens around a vast koi pond. It's very photogenic and peaceful. Tip: find yourself some on street parking across Senter Road on on East Alma,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We took ur twins age 6 they enjoy running and chasing the ducks. There is a red bridge where you could see all the fish up close . It is nice to have a picnic with family it took us about one hour to see the park .

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Rocklin, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We attended a wedding here and it was a beautiful location for a happy occasion. Nice to walk around in at your leisure.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to have a walkabout and admire the flora, Carps and Japanese house. There are lot of ducks/geese which have made their home here but make sure you avoid their poo all over the path ! Free entry and the back entrance of this park connects to another public park where you may chanced upon a few homeless people... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my Friendship walk in the outstanding Japanese Friendship Garden.I found some companions and friends also in this friendly garden....

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Santa Barbara, CA/Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

This garden is much larger than I thought it would be and they have a large picnic area as well. We've visited twice and both times it was very tranquil and peaceful. It is kept up really well and is just beautiful. I love bringing quarters so I can feed the koi! This would be a great place to draw... More 

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Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

A few miles drive from down town San Jose this garden provides peace, quiet and tranquility. It is small but beautifully formed with sculpted trees, ponds full of carp and paved walks. There are some slopes, but plenty of flat trails too. We had a wonderful calm hour wondering around. Despite the comments about car parking costs we didn't spend... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 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

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Clarkston, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

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

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