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Japanese Friendship Garden

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Address: 1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1821
Phone Number:
+1 602-291-9209
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Calm, Peaceful world in the middle of the city!

What a beautiful, relaxing spot! For a modest fee, we were able to walk thru a beautiful park setting with a lake filled with Koi, ducks, & swans. Waterfalls, statues, flora... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Dan P
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58 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a beautiful, relaxing spot! For a modest fee, we were able to walk thru a beautiful park setting with a lake filled with Koi, ducks, & swans. Waterfalls, statues, flora, grasses, and park benches made it easy to "mellow out" . When in downtown Phoenix, take time to enjoy this oasis!

Thank Dan P
Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extremely small park. And just that only a park! No indication of any special flora. The Koi pond was stocked with hungry fish and the only source of viewing entertainment. A waste of money and can only advise others to forget it!

Thank anythingohs
Cupertino, CA
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35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Friendship garden, meant to commemorate the relationship between Phoenix and its sister city in Japan, is rather small. The main feature is a good sized pond loaded with Koi. Many children and some adults feed the Koi with food purchased where you enter the garden and pay the relatively small admission fee. Consequently, there are dozens of Koi with... More 

Thank WorldTravelLovers
Dripping Springs, Texas
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476 reviews
226 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

As an avid gardener, I am shocked that the garden is not really touted by the tourist bureau as "top rated site" to visit in Phoenix. We had to "stumble" across it and it is tough to find by car--lots of one way streets and confusing repair work. But, find it we did, and we were very impressed. It is... More 

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146 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This is a great little garden, in a great little neighbourhood. Away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The fish and ducks provide the entertainment. There is also a tea house (it was not open the weekend we visited). The gift shop is really nice. All in all the garden is kept lovely and is a jewel... More 

1 Thank limeyca
Mesa, Arizona
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

we always try to visit Japanese Gardens when traveling. this one might be the smallest we have visited. It was well laid out, lots of foliage and vegetation. water features were very nice. in all it was a nice relaxing spot, a place to escape the angst of every day life. we enjoyed the visit, just wished it had been... More 

1 Thank rex h
Newton, MA, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Perfect for relaxation and contemplation. Quiet, well laid out, everything one would want in a Japanese garden.

Thank Miles F
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Nice places to walk and sit. Beautiful landscaping. This Friendship Garden is a beautiful gift to Phoenix.

1 Thank Harpangel
Calgary, Alberta
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111 reviews
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

We have been to couple of Japanese gardens and found them to be quiet and tranquil and an excellent place for meditation and reflection This garden was no exception and was nicely laid out and tranquil. Plan to spend about an hour to walk through and enjoy the garden There were only a few other visitors when we went which... More 

4 Thank Kenji56
Phoenix, Arizona
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

I spent a warm afternoon touring the gardens. They were well done and fascinating, but lacked the color I expect from an urban garden in may.

Thank lsobel

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