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Japanese Friendship Garden

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Address: Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112
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408 794 7275
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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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Tranquil Enchanting Garden

Like the Noguichi Museum in Long Island City (Queens, NY) this garden is an exquisite Japanese expression of tranquillity situated in a Western industrial area. It unfolds... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Westport, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Coming from the USA, this Japanese garden seemed very small and not too decorative. Best part was meeting some very friendly people n speaking with them at length.

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Westport, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like the Noguichi Museum in Long Island City (Queens, NY) this garden is an exquisite Japanese expression of tranquillity situated in a Western industrial area. It unfolds before you, and the calm it exudes permeates. At every turn there is a surprise of color, a view to delight. On more prosaic matters, although it nominally is handicapped accessible the back... More 

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West Berlin, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Unlike some of the gardens in Portland, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Sidney and San Francisco this one is spread out and thus a little less intensely cultivated. It thus relies less on the landscape in miniature. The feel thus may be less intense put it can be restful and even more calming than these other gardens particularly because there probably will be... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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

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Thank Giancarlo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 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.

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Thank ice0323
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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 .

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Rocklin, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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.

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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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