National Parks / Natural World
Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego
Where is it at?
Japanese Friendship Garden
2215 Pan American Road E
Tel: 619 232-2721
Where are we going today?
It's always fun to find an oasis right in the heart of a city - and in San Diego you will find the Japanese Friendship Garden!
This beautiful garden will introduce kids to not only some beautiful colors and scents, but a different culture and community than what they might normally know.
In addition, the Japanese Friendship Garden have a host of exhibits and events that are perfect for some family fun! The events can be found all year round, and cover a whole range of activities!
You can enjoy Craft Club, learning that beautiful Japanese art of origami, or you can learn the oldest board game in the world with GO Club. Go is the national game of Japan, and with this introductory class you can master it!
You can experience culture with Koto & Shakuhachi performances, or attend an Ikebana class, where beginners or advanced students can learn this beautiful gardening tradition.
Yoga, meditation, and even summer camps for certain grades can all be enjoyed at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
The garden of course, also have beautiful collections of plants, including that iconic bonsai. Bonsai is the Japanese art of growing miniature shrubs, and at the gardens you can see some beautiful examples - some trees having been trained for over 45 years - with some trees actually over 300 years old!
Don't miss the exhibitions either. They change regularly so there will always be something new to head back to! These exhibitions cover topics like Japanese dolls, paintings, Imari, and photography.
Education, nature and some pretty special trees at the Japanese Friendship Garden!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$8 garden only. $11 with special exhibition
- Children$8 garden only. $11 with special exhibition
- Free Under: 6 years
When can we go?
10am - 6:30pm weekdays / 4:30pm close weekends.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Years Day. Reduced hours on other holidays
They love to provide educational programs for students to learn about Japanese culture. They have a number of programs on offer so check what suits you the best!.
The Tea Pavilion Restaurant is a great place to enjoy lunch or drinks!.
They have healthy options at the restaurant for you. It's also a good idea to take bottled water with you .
Any Top Tips?
Tuesdays are FREE for San Diego residents! Applies on the 3rd Tuesday of the month .
Doing our bit
They offer FREE tours with paid admission over August and September. Check the times before you go!.
Need a little extra help?
There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, and they have wheelchairs for us. They also have Braille books.
Can I get one of those?
The gift shop has a range of kids books, cookbook, and items relating to Japanese culture so make sure you stop by! .
Check the opening times before you go, as they are reduced on some holidays, and extended until Labor Day over summer.
What people are saying?
by Keith Wolnik
I'm thrilled when couples tell me they are getting married here! Everything was just beautiful! The staff is very helpful and super friendly. As a Wedding officiant for Bird of Paradise Weddings, I love having the opportunity to return here time & again to such a hidden treasure in Phoenix! Most Sincerely~ Montana
by Michael Del Rosario
Coming to this garden is like being in the eye of a storm. This place is beautiful, it's calm, and serene. It's a good way to disconnect, for awhile, from the daily stress of our lives.
by Reed Michaelsen
Relaxing oasis-like park, you wouldn't believe it it basically built on top of the 10 freeway. The fish are fun to feed (although the "fish food" they sell is just plain Cheerios... yes, I tasted it).
by Ann Andrews
Small green garden, might be ideal during warm weather, the pond could be cleaner. You might enjoy if you have an affinity for Japanese culture
by Hector gonzalez
Not much but I had a great time I felt relaxed just sat in the shade with my wafe talked and looked at the lil waterfall and I fed tue koi fish its a bag they give u for $1 its fun