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Japanese Friendship Garden

San Diego, CA

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Address: 2499 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Number: 619 232-2721 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

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! 


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How much does it cost?



$8 garden only. $11 with special exhibition



$8 garden only. $11 with special exhibition



Seniors, student and military: $7 / $10


Free Under

6 years


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Additional Information

Check the opening times before you go, as they are reduced on some holidays, and extended until Labor Day over summer

Any top tips?


Tuesdays are FREE for San Diego residents! Applies on the 3rd Tuesday of the month

I'm Hungry!


The Tea Pavilion Restaurant is a great place to enjoy lunch or drinks!

Healthy Eating They have healthy options at the restaurant for you. It's also a good idea to take bottled water with you

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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!

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The gift shop has a range of kids books, cookbook, and items relating to Japanese culture so make sure you stop by!

Need a little extra help?


There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, and they have wheelchairs for us. They also have Braille books

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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

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