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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. Due to Covid 19 pandemic, please visit http://www.niwa.org/ for updated information and availability.

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 http://www.niwa.org/ for more information.

New Lower Garden Expansion
The garden’s Lower Garden Venue is the perfect space for special events. The Inamori Pavilion perfectly combines the comforts of an indoor venue with the beauty of the outdoors. Enjoy a comfortable and warm space decorated with beautiful architecture and glass doors that lead to a wrap-around deck with the view of a koi pond and stunning waterfall.

From team building meetings to corporate holiday parties, the Inamori Pavilion is a flexible multi-purpose room that can be tailored for your event.

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 http://www.niwa.org/ 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

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