The Japanese Friendship Garden is a calming place to go within Balboa Park. The gardens are very well maintained, and include a koi pond, rock garden, bonsai trees, and a small Japanese style pavilion containing Japanese artwork and has large windows looking onto the rock garden.
It's not a large garden and you could easily walk through it in less than an hour, but you could just as easily spend much more time there simply relaxing and admiring the simplicity and beauty.
There's a small food vendor at the entrance to the garden, and when I stepped in, the smells of the Japanese food immediately took me back to my days in Yokosuka, Japan, when I was stationed there in the Navy.
It's someplace that I will return to, and will continue to bring out-of-town visitors to see.
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