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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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Cute, Peaceful

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
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124 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 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
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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

Thank antiindian
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

My room was not ready near the convention center so I had 4-5 hours to kill and this was one of the things that was rated high to go see. It was worth the walk of 35 minutes to get there which felt safe as I walked it. The garden is free and well designed. I assume the drought has... More 

Thank RequiemMN
San Jose CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

This is one of my favorite places to visit in the area. It is beautiful and quiet, even when there are lots of others visiting. The ONLY detractor is that there are a couple of steep, though short, hills. These are easy to navigate for most people but difficult for people in a wheelchair or a walker. Unfortunately there is... More 

Thank EmkayW
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We cute park, I actually like this one more than the one in SF, and it's free! My boyfriend and I had a nice relaxing picnic. Very nice picture place, I saw a few prom photos going on. The koi fish are huge! They have some cute ducks, geese and some other birds? There's a zoo near by, that we... More 

Thank heavenst0uch
Columbus, United States
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147 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

I went here on the suggestion of a friend and I am so glad that I did. This garden is so tranquil and beautiful. It has the red bridge that is so typical of a japanese garden, as well as many water features, winding walking paths and japanese statues. I could have spent hours there, and I would have had... More 

Thank Daniel D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is a Japanese garden which is part of the Kelley park area, but is separated from the main park by hedges. Entrance the garden is free, but for the Kelley park area there is a day parking fee of $10. The garden is beautiful and kept carefully in good condition. A very nice place to get some piece and... More 

Thank Heinrich H
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stopped here for something to do before leaving SJC. I'd call myself a manly man but this was quite pleasant and relaxing. Parking cost $6 but after the visit I feel it's quite worth it. Granted it was a Monday and there were only a handful of people there. But from the well maintained garden atmosphere... More 

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