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Japanese Friendship Garden
Ranked #36 of 232 things to do in Phoenix
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: We are a traditional Japanese stroll garden in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. We are 501(c)3 non profit organization in cooperation with the city of Phoenix and Phoenix Sister Cities Organization. The garden was designed and built by garden master designer "Mr. Nozomu Okita" with the cooperation of Phoenix Sister City Himeji garden association. This truly unique point of pride sits on 3.5 acres and includes a traditional Tea House. The Tea House is open once per month for tea ceremonies, by reservation only by contacting the office. This tranquil and beautiful setting features more than 1,500 tons of hand-picked rock, stone footbridges, lanterns and more than 50 varieties of plants. As you stroll the path, you will enjoy flowing streams, a 14-foot waterfall, and a Koi pond with over 1,000 colorful Koi fish. The garden hosts a variety annual artistic and educational special events and programs. Please see our website and Facebook page.
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Beautiful, serene place. Loved the Coi pond. Quiet place in the city to contemplate nature, etc.
There is a Tea House but I did not have the Tea Ceremony.

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

This a small, nice, Japanese garden with water, Koi and the works. Reasonable price for admission, and not too big to wear you out. Very relaxing walk around the ponds, and a great little gift shop at the entrance trailer. This is located very close to downtown Phoenix and is a great attraction for all ages.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

Nice place to take a walk around and enjoy the flowers and pond. If you want kids, buy some food for the fish.

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Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

I would say its a nice place where u can walk a bit since its very small while u drink ur coffee but u cant even do that. Drink with a lid is not allowed and i thought may be to better preserve the japanese vegitation but wait.. There is no japanese trees or flowers or anything. Doesnt even look japanese. Will not go back. Any regular park is better and u dont have to pay $5.

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Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

I've seen rich people with nicer looking backyard scenery. I was expecting to be indulged in a Japanese like atmosphere. It smells like downtown Phoenix and looks like Arizona with some foreign statues and a neat but boring bridge. Vegetation was Arizonan. Bamboo are farmed in a tiny obscure corner. The 1 big water fall has light fixture around it, which ruins the view, and you can't stay after 4:30 so what's the point. The fish are about the coolest thing, you can feed then Cheerios and they flock to you like ducks. I give it a 3 because its a decent place for portrait photography.

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