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Japanese Friendship Garden - Balboa Park


Background of Japanese Garden
The Japanese Friendship Garden is an expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city Yokohama that binds the two cultures to create a unique experience for visitors from all over the world. Representing a new concept in the development of a Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Japanese Friendship Garden is well-known for its unique setting, stone arrangement, Koi pond, exhibition hall and ornamental tree collection. As a valued asset to Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego is also an educational resource to the community, providing a variety of seminars, classes and workshops as well as accredited horticultural classes. The Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego is proud to present a remarkable exhibition of a private collection of Japanese artifacts from around the world.

The Garden originated as a teahouse during the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition and now lies on two acres near the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Along the Garden's winding paths are a Zen garden for meditation, an exhibit house, koi pond, bonsai exhibit, ceremonial gate, and a Fujidana (wisteria arbor). Weekend classes are offered in sushi making, bonsai, calligraphy, and conversational Japanese.

Regular Hours (Check Web Site)
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am-4pm
(last admission at 3:30pm)

From Memorial Day to Labor Day Hours
Monday - Friday: 10am-5pm (last admission at 4:30pm)
Saturday - Sunday: 10am-4pm (last admission at 3:30pm)

Entrance Fees
$4.00 / Adult
$2.50 / Senior (65+) / Student and Military w/ ID
Free for children of 6 and under