The Japanese Friendship Garden is located in Balboa Park and represents the friendship between San Diego and its sister city in Yokohama, Japan. It binds the two cultures to create a unique experience for visitors from all over the world. The Japanese Friendship Garden is considered in Japanese culture to be a living work of art. It is designed to present an atmosphere of elegant simplicity and beauty. The Garden includes a bonsai exhibit, a moon viewing deck, beautiful black pine trees, azaleas and ornamental plants such as camellias, magnolia, wisteria and cherry blossom trees. JFG also is home to two amazing Koi ponds with waterfalls and priceless Koi collections. Visitors follow a meandering path through various arrangements of rocks, shrubbery and trees. Traditional features such as stone lanterns and bamboo fences enhance the garden design. The Garden provides transcendental experience for those seeking solace, meditation or personal renewal.
In March of 2015 the lower garden expansion was completed, transforming JFG to eleven acres, which previously was set at two acres. In the lower garden, trails, photo ops, and nature takes over the urban feel of San Diego. The Inamori Pavilion also hosts rotating exhibits and is the perfect spot for private events ranging from weddings to proms.