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Japanese Friendship Garden

2215 Park Blvd, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-232-2780
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The Japanese Friendship Garden includes a koi pond, a meditation hall viewing a Zen garden, bonsai exhibit, fujidana (wisteria arbor), and strolling pathways down to the new garden expansion with pond and waterfall.
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good36%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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2215 Park Blvd, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Balboa Park
+1 619-232-2780
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Reviewed October 12, 2016

We spent six nights in the San Diego area, and the Japanese Garden in Balboa Park was, by far, the worst experience on our trip. Perhaps it was the time of year that we were there, but it was a lot of walking around in...More

1  Thank beach_vacation26
Reviewed October 1, 2016

Really enjoyed the beauty of the various plant life and scenery that they've put together. Loved to see all the water ways. Would suggest going with older kids, not little ones. My little kids complained too much with the walking. It's not a long walk...More

Thank Lance H
Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed the peace and tranquility of this garden. The bonsai trees are stunning. If you want a place to relax and contemplate life this is the place.

Thank goldenjag
Reviewed September 21, 2016

This is the only garden in Balboa Park with an entrance fee ($8 per person) It's very pretty but I have seen Japanese Gardens in other cities and liked the hoers better. But that doesn't mean this wasn't good. It really is very well-maintained, the...More

Thank PriyamGopani
Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

The friendship garden is located in Balboa park. Admission is $7. It is decent enough, but can be crowded at times with school children. My opinion, it doesnt measure up to others I have visited in San Francisco or Portland that are more serene, peaceful...More

Thank SoCalOregonian
Reviewed August 24, 2016

The Japanese Friendship Garden comes alive with all types of activities. You can sit and mediate viewing the dry rock garden through a large picture window. You can enjoy one of the rotating exhibits; currently the "Art of Saori Weaving" features stunning handmade pieces. Other...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

The walk down and back up to see every corner of this beautiful and peaceful area is well worth it. The fish ponds are amazing, especially with the huge and beautiful fish. Many gorgeous flowers and plants, convenient benches to rest. I really liked it.

Thank IndraRojo
Reviewed July 26, 2016

The original garden area was expanded into and across the canyon. The planners did a good job with keeping the original theme, and creating more quiet walking paths.

Thank thomasbones52
Reviewed July 22, 2016

Took a tour of the gardens, led by Yoshi. He gave a very nice indepth discussion about the various trees and flowers in the gardens. There was only one other person on the tour so the pace was very casual. It is a shame how...More

1  Thank Momma L
Reviewed July 18, 2016

Spent some time here enjoying nature. Most of it was a walkway although once you got down into the area where the water feature at it was great excepting the trash cans. I don't think I will come again as the entry fee is steep...More

Thank Matthew H
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