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“Refreshing and Surprising”

Japanese Friendship Garden
Ranked #34 of 230 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 November 3, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed this experience very much! Agree with the reviewer who recommends not skipping the koi food (the ducks like to get in on it too; these are the happiest ducks I've seen!) I was surprised to observe a massive crane flying over the pond and perching on top of a fountain...in the city? What a marvelous and other-worldly sight! The garden was being set up for a wedding...magical little place. now I will want to visit other Japanese friendship gardens in other towns and cities.

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is a delightful, relaxing place in a busy downtown area of Phoenix. After a tiring day of shopping or sightseeing this is a marvelous place to end your day. Check the hours it is open since it closed at 4:00 the day we were there.

Thank Gerald E
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

I never knew such a small quaint sanctuary could refresh the mind body & souls in such a way. Myself, aunt and then my amazing uncle whom has passion in the entire aspects of creating an amazing tranquil areas. With his very own replicas of the Japanese Gardens of all kinds, you would not see this kind of talent unless you are of the Japanese culture or travel to Japan(my opinion).His Talent & curb appeal spread throughout the outside of their own home and also at other locations in the city & community we lived in. Creating these landscaping masterpieces always the outcome. To live with his own little amazing recreations of what Japanese Gardens are with all the main focal points perfectly placed, plants, trees, structures, and the ponds with coy fish made to suite ones desire takes real PASSION (superb knowledge of what you are expressing helps too) If you shut the outside world off and begin to feel & connect with nature and this fabulous scenery is so calm ,100% relaxed.
A large focal point were the ponds and of course the many coy fish who were considered "family", although they all may look identical( to an outsider like me) each fish had an identity by unique marks or coloring, the women who owns the garden shared this information because she had lost one that week we went she expressed her sadness towards her loss. The gift shop will give you the opportunity to hear things from her past & what this garden means to her. The standard key rings, shirts, pens, hats are sold but the items native to Japanese Culture she sells are meant to bring serenity and tranquility to anyone! With this amazing energy worries of life disappear until you see the most rewarding experiences of life can be as little or as big as we want. Little ventures in life are ones never remembered or appreciated at the time, but this place brings out joy! I feel even to those of us who resist believing this its true, change comes one step at a time and this small little garden is a start.
Come here if you can while in Phoenix, see what I mean.

1  Thank 124PiperR
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The landscape architect that was produced to look as if your visiting somewhere in Japan but, you're in the heart of the city. Breath taking! Never saw so many fish in a pond.

Thank AZGal_10
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

I completely enjoyed walking through this garden it was completely gorgeous. The peacefulness of the garden and being surrounded by all the different sculptures, flowers, trees, fish, and waterfall was just breathtaking. I never wanted to leave from this beautiful place. If you want some where to go to just relax and enjoy beauty go here.

1  Thank Carolyn A
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