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“A hidden treasure.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shinzen Japanese Garden

Shinzen Japanese Garden
Ranked #4 of 45 things to do in Fresno
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Shinzen Friendship Garden is a traditional northwestern American Japanese Garden. The Garden was constructed to honor Fresno’s Sister City, Kochi, Japan, celebrating the spirit of understanding and promoting educational and cultural awareness. The beauty, grace and serenity of Japanese design is present in the use of varied plant material, rocks and stones, and water throughout the five acre garden. The garden is designed around the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter; granite markers identify each section. In the Fall of 2015 we were proud to be chosen to house and display the world-class Clark Bonsai Collection, which is now on permanent display in the garden, offering a seasonal rotation of some of the finest Bonsai in the United States.
Madera, California
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26 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A hidden treasure.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

Tucked in the corner of Woodward Park is this gem. Springtime is spectacular when the trees are blooming. There is a family of Peacocks that live here and they are really a kick.

2 Thank LesJ831
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English first
Elgin, Illinois
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154 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Not much to see”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

We went in July, so maybe it's just that there was nothing in bloom, & nothing really unusual in the landscaping. It was peaceful & there were a lot of ducks (too many really). We also saw a couple of peacocks. It looked like Woodward Park would be a nice place to spend the day with your family, but I would definitely not make a special trip just to see the garden. There is a $5.00 parking fee to get into the park itself (free if you're a senior) and a charge to get into the park. It's not a lot, but still I wouldn't pay just to go to the garden.

Visited July 2012
9 Thank goldenruler
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Merced, California
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1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

Beautiful, we got to see tons of baby geese. All the kids there were excited about getting to see the big fish, geese, peacocks, and one turtle. Not a huge garden, but a fun way to spend a couple hours. Next time we will definitely bring a frisbee.

Visited June 2012
2 Thank AshleyErinGraham
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Auburn, CA
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“worth a vist”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

well worth a visit. Beautifully landscaped, full of lovely Asian plants.

Visited February 2012
2 Thank Virginia W
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Visalia, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Quiet, peaceful and a perfect place to enjoy with a family or a date”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2012

In another one of our fun trips to Fresno, we found the Shizen Garden on accident (like everything.) We packed lunches and enjoyed the day with our son at the Woodward Park and it ended up taking more of the day than we expected. It had been a long time since we'd been to the park and mom was really on a mission to get us to walk around the whole park.

While coming around a bend, we noticed the sign for this place and a lot of people parked in the lot. We paid our way in and ended up staying in the Gardens for a long, long, long time!

This is a perfect place to really spend some time with a child to notice little details and to completely capture their attention. My son really became intrigued by the entire energy in the place, and we plan to come back again when the weather warms up a bit more. I'm betting that it is going to be beautiful

I recommend this place to anyone visiting Fresno, and even to people who live in Fresno if you haven't been yet.

Visited January 2012
3 Thank Chris O
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