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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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Events to check out

Event

Tradition and Beyond

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Feb 1 - Apr 28, 2019

The Japanese Friendship Garden presents five San Diego potters who have built their own distinctive styles and practices in continuing dialogue with the traditional ceramic arts of Japan. Throughout...

Event

Rocco's Amazing Space

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Feb 1 - ongoing

In the late 70s, Rocco’s edgy, colorful, and playful expressionist art first graced the large bland concrete walls connecting Sakuragicho and Takahashi Station in Yokohama. Within two years, his...

Event

Cherry Blossom Festival

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Mar 22 - Mar 24, 2019

This year marks the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego’s 14th annual Cherry Blossom Festival! During March 22, 23, and 24 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily, visitors are able to enjoy the...

Event

San Diego Guitar Festival

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Apr 18 - Apr 27, 2019

From April 18 through April 27, 2019, the Japanese Friendship Garden will partner once again with the San Diego Guitar Festival who continues their commitment to be a global ambassador for diverse...

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)

More Information

  • 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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