Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego

Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego

The Japanese Friendship Garden is one of the true gems of Balboa Park. It started as a tea house during the Panama-California Exposition of 1915, and has continued to please visitors ever since. It now covers over two acres of ground.

As you wander down its paths, you will be able to visit a Zen Garden, the exhibit house, and a real koi pond. The designs that are created in the sand are pieces of art all in themselves. The strategic placement of the rocks and plants tell a story of about how the garden creates harmony among the individual pieces. One of the best features in the garden is the bonsai exhibit. There are hundreds of examples of this classic Japanese art.

There are weekend classes covering subjects like sushi making, bonsai gardening, calligraphy, and conversational Japanese. It is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The garden is closed on Mondays and most major holidays.

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Sight Name: Japanese Friendship Garden
Sight Location: San Diego, USA (See walking tours in San Diego)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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