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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.

Neighborhood: Downtown

2215 Pan American Way E
San Diego, CA 92101

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Contact Info

(619) 232-2721
jfgsd@niwa.org

Hours

Daily: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
(last admission at 6:00 PM)

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Kids Go Free to the Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2018

Children 12 and under receive free entry to the Japanese Friendship Garden with the full price paid admission of at least one accompanying adult. Valid for 2 children per paid adult. Does not apply to...

Events to check out

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Ohara School of Ikebana Fall Exhibit

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Oct 20 - Oct 21, 2018

The Ohara School of Ikebana, La Jolla Chapter will have a two-day exhibition from October 20 - 21 in the Japanese Friendship Garden's Exhibit Hall showcasing a variety of exquisite ikebana arrangement...

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Martial Arts Day

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Oct 21, 2018

Local martial arts schools from San Diego will gather at JFG to demonstrate their respective arts to the general public. First-timers and enthusiasts alike have an opportunity to experience and learn...

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Japanese Pop Culture Party

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Oct 27, 2018

Step into the world of anime, manga, music, and video games at JFG’s Japanese Pop Culture Party! JFG’s Upper Garden will be decorated for the occasion and will be featuring live...

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Setting Sun Sake Fall Garden Party

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Oct 28, 2018

PRESALE TICKETS: Beer garden (includes 5 drink tickets) + SSS taster glass … $15.00 | Beer garden + SSS taster glass + collab w/HBHL shirt … $40.00 * | Beer garden + SSS taster glass +...

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Yutaka Murakami

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Nov 2, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019

Yutaka Murakami was born in Takarazuka City, Hyogo, Japan in 1961 and was awakened to Shinto shrine Buddhist temple worship since childhood. Since 2004, as a mean to express and depict the various...

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Yutaka Murakami Opening Day

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Nov 2, 2018

Paint your own postcard with artist Yutaka Murakami and end the day joining us celebrating the opening of his exhibit at the Japanese Friendship Garden's Exhibit Hall.

JFG Features:

  • Shishi-odoshi (noise making fountain to scare away deer)
  • Tsukubai (small water basin for ritual cleansing)
  • Toro (Japanese stone lantern)
  • Tokonoma (artistic display space)
  • Bonsai (miniature plants grown in low sided pots)

JFG Programs and Events:

  • Cherry Blossom Festival (March)
  • NIWA Awards Bash (June)
  • Summer Camp (July)
  • Bon Odori Festival (August)
  • Sake Talks (throughout the year)

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

JFG Features:

  • Shishi-odoshi (noise making fountain to scare away deer)
  • Tsukubai (small water basin for ritual cleansing)
  • Toro (Japanese stone lantern)
  • Tokonoma (artistic display space)
  • 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)
  • Bon Odori Festival (August)
  • Sake Talks (throughout the year)
  • Yoga and chi kung (Wednesday - Friday, weekly)

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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