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Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego

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The Japanese Friendship Garden and Museum (JFGM) 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. JFGM is considered in Japanese culture to be a living work of art and is designed to present an atmosphere of elegant simplicity and beauty. JFGM includes a bonsai exhibit, 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

Hours

Daily: 10 AM to 5 PM

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JFGM Summer Camp

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Jun 24 - Jul 12, 2024

JFGM invites campers to experience a taste of Japan! Our summer camps provide different activities within Japanese culture, wellness, and sustainability. We have camps available from grades...

JFGM 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)

JFGM Programs and Events:

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

More Information

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

JFGM 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)

JFGM Programs and Events:

  • Cherry Blossom Festival (March)
  • NIWA Awards Bash (June)
  • Summer Camp (July)
  • Tanabata Festival (July)
  • Toro Nagashi 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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