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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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Friendly (friendlay)Friendship walk.+....

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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....

Thank Minh A. T
Santa Barbara, CA/Dallas, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank NicoleHT
Devon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Livesbythec
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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4 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

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
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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

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