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Japanese Friendship Garden

1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1821
+1 602-291-9209
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A must visit while in Phoenix!

If you want somewhere far away from the maddening crowds - this is it. While it is in downtown... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
awayIgo2travel
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Western Canada
Relaxing spot

It's a beautiful park that has a decent sized pond full of koi fish and ducks. They also had a cute... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
msteresa87
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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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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“koi fish” (23 reviews)
“tea ceremony” (13 reviews)
“large pond” (7 reviews)
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1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1821
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+1 602-291-9209
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"buy fish food"
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"peaceful place"
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"a small gift shop"
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"water features"
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"phoenix area"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you want somewhere far away from the maddening crowds - this is it. While it is in downtown Phoenix you will feel like you are a million miles away. If someone posts a negative review on this park it is sad because they have...More

Thank awayIgo2travel
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a beautiful park that has a decent sized pond full of koi fish and ducks. They also had a cute gift shop. I thought admission was a bit expensive for walking around a park that's not that big. I recommend checking it out if...More

Thank msteresa87
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A pleasant park in Central Phoenix with greenery and a pond containing fish and ducks for feeding. A great spot for young kids, but for others, a nice break from the city concrete if you're in the area, but not really worth a special trip...More

Thank Marc D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A dear friend was married at the garden in October. With the great Phoenix weather, they couldn't have asked for a better experience. Beautiful trees, a koi pond and lush green grass.

Thank AZLover2013
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful green, restful garden in the city. Be sure to buy fish food - we had great fun feeding the koi. Schedule an hour for a leisurely visit.

Thank DustyBuck
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked through every area in this small garden. There are abundant coy fish. The vegetation is sparse, probably reflective of the intense heat. We were disappointed by the lack of attention to many areas. Some patrons had exhibits, but nothing descriptive or helpful. Really...More

Thank ald233
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The gardens are peaceful and the large pond and shade make it OK during hot days. Special events make it even better for visiting

Thank Greg R
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

The garden is an escape from the desert, tucked away in the middle of Phoenix. General admission costs is $7. Grounds are very well kept and it's peaceful just strolling through the scenery. We took our time and spent less than hour enjoying the garden.Very...More

Thank Off-2-seeTheWizard
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

My husband and I began coming here several years ago to relax and recharge after a long week working in Corporate America. It always amazes us that this beautiful garden is situated in the very heart of the "hustle and bustle" are of Phoenix. Take...More

Thank Lori C
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Small piece of tranquility in Pheonix. This a beautiful garden to walk into after walking around town. Great place for solo walk, or with family. You can buy food to feed the koi(and ducks enjoy it too!) But ,PLEASE do not feed the pigeons that...More

Thank MillsandMees
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Clifford O
17 October 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
6 April 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
19 March 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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