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Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego

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The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) 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. JFG is considered in Japanese culture to be a living work of art and is designed to present an atmosphere of elegant simplicity and beauty. JFG 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, and the largest and oldest bronze Kannon statue in the USA.

2215 Pan American Way E
San Diego, CA 92101

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Contact Info

(619) 232-2721
jfgsd@niwa.org

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Daily: 10 AM to 5 PM

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Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2020

The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) 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...

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The Chromatic Ceramic Collection: John Conrad

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Jul 1 - ongoing

Culminating over 60 years of research and experiments, artist John Conrad developed the spectacular finish that is seen on the Chromatic Collection. These pieces showcase a coating that is...

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Matcha Tea Whisks by Tanimura Tango

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Sep 24, 2020

Introducing JFG’s Master Series Virtual Program featuring master artisans from Japan and San Diego. Participants will learn various techniques and a basic understanding of bamboo making,...

JFG Features:

  • 280-year-old bronze Kannon statue
  • Shishi-odoshi (noise making fountain to scare away deer)
  • Tsukubai (small water basin for ritual cleansing)
  • Toro (Japanese stone lantern)
  • Bonsai (miniature plants grown in low sided pots)

JFG Programs and Events:

  • Cherry Blossom Festival (March)
  • NIWA Awards Bash (June)
  • Summer Camp (July)
  • Tanabata Festival (July)
  • Bon Odori Festival (August)

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  • Destination Weddings
  • Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Historic Landmark
  • Outdoor

JFG Features:

  • 280-year-old bronze Kannon statue
  • Shishi-odoshi (noise making fountain to scare away deer)
  • Tsukubai (small water basin for ritual cleansing)
  • Toro (Japanese stone lantern)
  • Bonsai (miniature plants grown in low sided pots)
  • Fujidana (Japanese style wisteria arbor)

JFG Programs and Events:

  • Cherry Blossom Festival (March)
  • NIWA Awards Bash (June)
  • Summer Camp (July)
  • Tanabata Festival (July)
  • Bon Odori Festival (August)
  • Morning Wellness Program (throughout the week)

More Information

  • Destination Weddings
  • Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Historic Landmark
  • Outdoor
  • General Admission - Adult
  • General Admission - Child
  • General Admission - Senior
  • Park Type: Gardens

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