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Japanese Friendship Garden

Explore an authentic Japanese garden in Balboa Park. Enjoy living works of art, a tranquil Koi pond, trails and exhibits.

As a valued asset to Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego is an educational resource to the community, providing a variety of seminars, classes and workshops as well as accredited horticultural classes. In addition, The Japanese Friendship Garden also has many exhibits that include private collections of Japanese artifacts from around the world.

Private Events & Weddings
The Japanese Friendship Garden houses two venues that are perfect for any event. At 11.5 acres, the Japanese Friendship Garden provides a unique, intimate, and unforgettable locations for weddings, private parties, corporate receptions, memorials, and more. Surrounded by lush trees and tall bamboo, private events will enjoy exclusive private access to the entire garden to explore its winding pathways, waterfalls, peaceful Koi ponds, and authentic Japanese features. The Japanese Friendship Garden can accommodate up to 230 guests for seated dinners and 300 guests for receptions. Non-profit and active military discounts are available. Please visit for more information.

New Lower Garden Expansion
The Japanese Friendship Garden is now offering docent led tours, premier exhibits and much more garden beauty to explore! The lower garden was completed in March of 2015 and is a must-see during your garden adventure! If you would like any further information about the Japanese Friendship Garden, please visit or call (619) 232-2721.


Located in Balboa Park

2215 Pan American Road, E
San Diego, CA 92101
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Hours of Operation:

10am-5pm (Mon.-Fri.) Last admission at 4 pm; Garden closes at 5 pm
10am-4:30 pm (Sat.-Sun.) Last admission at 3:30 pm; Garden closes at 4:30 pm

Entrance Fees
$8.00 / Adult
$7.00 / Senior (65+) / Students/ Military (Must show ID)
Free for children of 6 and under

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