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Japanese Friendship Garden

1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1821
+1 602-291-9209
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An Oasis in the Desert!

Great place to spend time with the family. It is small but peaceful and pretty in the middle of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sandra Á
Small but tranquil

There's a $7 admission fee which I feel is overpriced for the experience. If you want to feed the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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We are a traditional Japanese stroll garden in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. We are 501(c)3 non profit organization in cooperation with the city of Phoenix and Phoenix Sister Cities Organization. The garden was designed and built by garden master designer "Mr. Nozomu Okita" with the cooperation of Phoenix Sister City Himeji garden association. This truly unique point of pride sits on 3.5 acres and includes a traditional Tea House. The Tea House is open once per month for tea ceremonies, by reservation only by contacting the office. This tranquil and beautiful setting features more than 1,500 tons of hand-picked rock, stone footbridges, lanterns and more than 50 varieties of plants. As you stroll the path, you will enjoy flowing streams, a 14-foot waterfall, and a Koi pond with over 1,000 colorful Koi fish. The garden hosts a variety annual artistic and educational special events and programs. Please see our website and Facebook page.
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1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1821
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+1 602-291-9209
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to spend time with the family. It is small but peaceful and pretty in the middle of the city. The tea ceremonies are a bit pricey but the garden is worth a visit.

Thank Sandra Á
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There's a $7 admission fee which I feel is overpriced for the experience. If you want to feed the ravenous koi fish, you can purchase a small packet of fish food for $1. The gift shop was very small, fitting only a few guests at...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have always been in love with Japanese culture and this transported me back to my most recent visit to that wonderful country last year. This is serene oasis, almost in the heart of the city (actually in the Arts District, with easy access via...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice and quaint. Smaller than we expected and only a few places to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. But since we visited on a weekday, few people were there. Make sure you get a small bag of fish food ($1) and help the...More

Thank BEY2
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

This is a lovely place to be but sadly not open in the late afternoon or early morning for the best light for photography! Nonetheless a tranquil oasis from the bustle of city life.

Thank Wendy C
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

This beautiful garden is surrounded by the City but allows one a sense of peace and serenity. I think we paid $5 to enter.

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Reviewed March 29, 2018

Great place to revive a busy soul. I could see myself sitting on one of the benches and reading a novel, or if I were still working bringing a sandwich and eating it here. We brought three children with us on this trip and they...More

Thank moose67
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Reviewed March 15, 2018

We really enjoyed strolling the gardens. Huge beautiful koi scattered throughout the lake. Beautiful gardens and statues, create perfect backdrops for photos.

Thank Sheila W
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

This garden is an oasis in downtown Phoenix. We spent an hour walking it. There is a koi pond with a waterfall and a tea house on the property. It was fun to feed the koi/ducks. Lots of opportunity for photography especially if you like...More

Thank trickylibrarian
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

This is a must see in downtown Phoenix. I had company here from New York, and that included their Japanese Foreign exchange student. We all loved every minute of the visit. The grounds are meticulous and well tended to. The Koi fish are in an...More

Thank Cathy M
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Clifford O
October 16, 2017|
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Response from Hana S | Reviewed this property |
Garden: 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. Season: Tues - Sun October 1st - May 31st
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Salvador G
April 5, 2017|
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Response from JFGPHX | Property representative |
General admission is $5.00, $4.00 for seniors/military/students with ID. Children 6 and under are free. We sell koi food for $1.00 per serving in the gift shop. Thank you!
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crafter188
March 18, 2017|
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Response from JFGPHX | Property representative |
Hello thank you for your question. We allow service animals only. Thank you and have a wonderful day.
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