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The Japanese Friendship Garden is located within Balboa Park, San Diego. It is an expression of friendship between the city and its sister city, Yokohama. The Garden is also known as San-Kei-En (Three Scene Garden), and it design was based on the...more
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It's usually quite empty and quiet. The price is worth it if you get here early and you can walk through within an hour, however they should have discounts if you get there just before closing. I feel like there isn't much to see inside...More
The Garden is located on the sides and bottom of a ravine at Balboa Park. It is very attractive and maintained by an experienced landscaping crew, many of which are Japanese.
In addition to various plants and trees, there is a "brook" with "water falls"...More
It is very lovely, but pricey in my opinion.Adult entry was $12; Children $6; Free for children under a certain age. Having lived in Japan is one thing but being able to learn what the meaning is behind the garden scenery was very nice.
The Japanese Friendship Garden set in the heart of Balboa Park can be either a quiet walk or an active experience. You can walk through the upper garden that includes bonsai trees, a koi pond, and a small Zen garden that can also be seen...More
We went there during low season, so it was nice that there isn't many people around. It's' a lot of walking. Nice bonsai to look at. The zoo also had bonsai I believe (we did so much sight seeing, my memory is failing me). They...More
Just revisited the Japanese friendship garden after a few years and since the upgraded lower gardens. I’m so sorry to say that it’s underwhelming. I’m a huge Japanophile and try to educate myself every opportunity I have and this garden set in the beautiful Balboa...More
Many pretty areas to view, take pictures, exhibits to see. We did hike down to the bottom of the garden and it was nice to see. But the Seattle gardens are much more beautiful to see and appreciate. But being in California with their different...More