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Japanese Friendship Garden (Balboa Park) – Regional Park

2215 Pan American Road
(inside Balboa Park)
San Diego, CA 92101

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Hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm (last admission at 3:30pm), Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm (last admission at 3:30pm)


Japanese gardens are a thoughtful arrangement of plants, trees, stones and water designed to infuse our spirits with natural beauty and nurture a sense of meditative peace. San Diego’s Japanese Friendship Garden was born along with the rest of Balboa Park in honor of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. It thrived as an authentic public tea house and garden for the next 30 years as a result of the loving care of a Japanese couple who lived onsite. Rumor has it the woman of the house had the culinary creativity to mix green tea powder with vanilla ice cream blessing the world with green tea ice cream. For decades, the garden lay dormant until the efforts of passionate and proactive local citizens resulted in its reopening in 1991. Today it brings peace and tranquility, as well as numerous educational and cultural events, to 100,000 visitors every year.

Japanese Friendship Garden Pictures:

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Dates Featuring Japanese Friendship Garden:

  1. Journey to Japan