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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. It 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)

Social

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)
  • Annual Gala (June)
  • Summer Camp (July)
  • Obon 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)
  • Annual Gala (June)
  • Summer Camp (July)
  • Obon 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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