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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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Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2022

The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) is located in Balboa Park and represents the friendship between San Diego and its sister city in Yokohama, Japan. The binding of two cultures create a unique...

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Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Oct 1, 2022

San Diego Sake Day ~ A celebration of World Sake Day Join us as we guide you through the best sake from Japan and the US (Ticket Required).   

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Holiday Market

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Nov 12, 2022

Just in time for the Holidays, come support local San Diego businesses and find the perfect gifts! Food will be available in the lower garden.

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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  • 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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