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Japanese Friendship Garden

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Very nice Garden

My sister and I visited here and really enjoyed it. Not very big but calming and peaceful... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2018
Santa Cruz, California
A peaceful oasis, within the hectic Silicon Valley.

Beautifully maintained Japanese garden. The flowers are spectacular in early spring. It provides a... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2018
San Jose, California
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This well-maintained park covers six acres of manicured landscape, waterfalls, bridges and bonzai plants.
Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112
+1 408-794-7275
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Reviewed August 5, 2018

My sister and I visited here and really enjoyed it. Not very big but calming and peaceful. Parking costs but not horribly expensive

Thank Connie12
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

I had some time to kill before flight so I decided to check this place out. I wish there was a sign that notified you that the garden is still under renovation. I paid $6 for parking to look at a dried up reservoir. The...More

2  Thank TLC404
Reviewed July 24, 2018

There was not any water in most of the park. It would have been a really lovely park had they had water in the ponds. It is a super cool concept. Be wary as there isn’t free parking. You have to pay a parking fee...More

3  Thank pasandy
Reviewed July 20, 2018

The gardens are undergoing repairs following a flood, so many of the ponds are either drained or have low water levels and, consequently, are algae-filled. One pond still has some giant koi, but it's not enough to warrant a visit.

Thank Traveller2010NYC
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Beautifully maintained Japanese garden. The flowers are spectacular in early spring. It provides a calm & peaceful feel for anyone seeking to take a break from the hectic city life. It's better enjoyed if there is a chance to sit & enjoy the views. Many...More

Thank fl0werfun
Reviewed July 9, 2018

We have had aseason membership for the last three years so that we can take our grand daughter regularly. She enjoys the puppet shows, the animals, the play structures.

Thank Walt J
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

Although parts are drained there is still a section where there is Koi and geese. The park is beautiful but there is still a lot of reconstruction going on. It’s nice to walk around and take in the scenery. There is a small fee for...More

Thank MommaAmp
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Scenic place to walk around and it does have really good walk. It is little crowded with the photographers & crew otherwise good place to hangout.

Thank SowjanyaP18
Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

In 2017 the Japanese Friendship Garden was underwater from San Jose’s Coyote Creek flooding. Koi fish were found blocks away at the golf course. Electric power to the park is still off which means the pond pumps are not working. Only one of the three...More

1  Thank sinoue
Reviewed May 10, 2018

After enjoying our lunch at the Japanese tea house we decided to take a stroll down the Japanese Friendship Path, it's located in a ravine, so you will be walking downhill and of course uphill when you return. It's a 12-acre park and the stroll...More

1  Thank RU4NJ
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June 19, 2017|
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Response from Tres W | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is still closed.
September 17, 2016|
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Response from WIWIandBRAD | Reviewed this property |
confirmed. they close at night
Estella C
June 8, 2016|
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Response from Chiloo-Chilee | Reviewed this property |
Google map will provide you accurate answer ;-)