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Japanese Friendship Garden

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Address: Off Senter Road between Keyes and Phelan, San Jose, CA 95112
Phone Number: +1 408-287-2290

This well-maintained park covers six acres of manicured landscape,...

This well-maintained park covers six acres of manicured landscape, waterfalls, bridges and bonzai plants.

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Pay for parking, see pretty spot

The garden itself is "free" but there's nowhere nearby to park for which you do not need to pay. If you have a park pass, then it will be free. Otherwise, you have to pay about... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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64 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The garden itself is "free" but there's nowhere nearby to park for which you do not need to pay. If you have a park pass, then it will be free. Otherwise, you have to pay about six dollars. It's a pretty tea Garden, although not remotely authentic, for those of you who are connoisseurs of Japanese authenticity. There are three... More 

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San Francisco Bay Area
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walk around the perfectly manicured grounds, koi pond, classic houses, great souvenirs, banzai trees.

Thank Giancarlo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice to roam around and relax. Beautiful park. The view really fits for prenuptial shoots. Lots of couples were there taking pictures. The pond has lots of fish. Kids are having fun running around and looking at the beautiful kois.

Thank ice0323
San Jose, California
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78 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The Kelley Park complex in San Jose is amazing. Aside from Kelley Park, Happy Hollow Zoo, History Park, and the disc golf course, there's ALSO this lovely gem of a Japanese garden. Meander through lovely gardens around a vast koi pond. It's very photogenic and peaceful. Tip: find yourself some on street parking across Senter Road on on East Alma,... More 

Thank Kari D
San Francisco, California
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54 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We took ur twins age 6 they enjoy running and chasing the ducks. There is a red bridge where you could see all the fish up close . It is nice to have a picnic with family it took us about one hour to see the park .

Thank Salaamus
Rocklin, California
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89 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We attended a wedding here and it was a beautiful location for a happy occasion. Nice to walk around in at your leisure.

Thank Nancy K
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Great place to have a walkabout and admire the flora, Carps and Japanese house. There are lot of ducks/geese which have made their home here but make sure you avoid their poo all over the path ! Free entry and the back entrance of this park connects to another public park where you may chanced upon a few homeless people... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my Friendship walk in the outstanding Japanese Friendship Garden.I found some companions and friends also in this friendly garden....

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Santa Barbara, CA/Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

This garden is much larger than I thought it would be and they have a large picnic area as well. We've visited twice and both times it was very tranquil and peaceful. It is kept up really well and is just beautiful. I love bringing quarters so I can feed the koi! This would be a great place to draw... More 

Thank NicoleHT
Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

A few miles drive from down town San Jose this garden provides peace, quiet and tranquility. It is small but beautifully formed with sculpted trees, ponds full of carp and paved walks. There are some slopes, but plenty of flat trails too. We had a wonderful calm hour wondering around. Despite the comments about car parking costs we didn't spend... More 

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