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Japanese Friendship Garden

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Address: 1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone Number: +1 602-256-3204
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Worth the visit - draws you into a world of tranquility

We came to visit on a Friday afternoon. The first thing we liked was that we found plenty of free parking right by the garden. That was a big plus, since it's right in the middle... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 August 2016
lifeisverygood2
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Queen Creek, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled upon this little garden by accident. It was quite lovely and relaxing. Debra went out of her way to teach us about the intricacies of the garden. Make sure to buy fish food to feed the koi!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just ok. Tea house closed to visitors without a reservation which is $30 and requires pre planning. Lots of koi to feed. Took about 1/2 hour to slowly stroll. Admission $5

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a worst, saddest garden I ever seen. It took us 5 minutes to walk around and we see nothing, except green water in a pond, half dead pines and couple of Japanese little statues. Do not waste your time.

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New Bedford,MA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Don't waste your time while they are still working. The beauty of the place is ruined. We paid $1 less, but it wasn't worth it . Should be free right now. I'm sure it will be nice when complete.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I decided to make a visit to this Japanese Garden to get an idea of what it had to offer. I was so happy I made the trek to the little neighborhood where it is hidden! It is definitely small and somewhat unassuming, but it was quiet, had a wonderful little walking path through the gardens, and I enjoyed the... More 

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Thank Becky F
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

When we went to the garden the pools were almost drained with ugly pipes, tubes, and generators everywhere. What was left was an ugly green slime which completely detracted from any other part of the garden. I feel like we wasted our money. Go to Portland Oregon and check out their Japanese Garden to see what a good one is... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

I took a day off work so my six year old granddaughter and I could go here during her Fall break from school. We purchased Koi food at the front desk because that's the main reason we went...she wanted to feed the fish. I understand they need to make money for the renovations they're doing to the Koi pond, but... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

I stopped by the Japanese Friendship Garden today and I was very disappointed. Upon entering, I noticed the admission was only $4 instead of the $5 as listed online, and there was signage stating the koi point was being worked on to improve it. Being worked on is an understatement! The garden isn't very large to begin with, and now... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I was amazed to find this beautiful island of calm right in the middle of the city. Beautiful plantings, a nice pond with koi, some interesting sculpture, but most of all, a great place to find a little peace.

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Queen Creek, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We came to visit on a Friday afternoon. The first thing we liked was that we found plenty of free parking right by the garden. That was a big plus, since it's right in the middle of the downtown area. There is a koi pond so, of course, you can purchase the food pellets to throw in the water. No... More 

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