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Japanese Friendship Garden

1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
+1 602-291-9209
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Downtown gem

Just north of downtown on third Avenue is a remarkable and peaceful Garden. Although the hours are... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
Phoenix, Arizona
Great Hidden Treasure

The gardens are beautuful. I loved the pond with the fish and the cute baby ducklings. The birds... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2017
Sharon O
Omaha, Nebraska
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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 pond” (17 reviews)
“cod fish” (19 reviews)
“tea ceremony” (12 reviews)
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1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
+1 602-291-9209
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Just north of downtown on third Avenue is a remarkable and peaceful Garden. Although the hours are quite limited during the summer, curator Della has done a wonderful job preserving the space and with pools and appropriate plantings has developed a beautiful environment. It is...More

Thank lsoller
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

The gardens are beautuful. I loved the pond with the fish and the cute baby ducklings. The birds loved the fish food so much that they flew onto my husband and mother-in-law's hands. It was very peaceful and serene in the garden.

Thank Sharon O
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Been wanting to go here for a long time and finally made it. Didn't regret it. It's a good place to go alone, but also good to go with family. Trails make it easy to get around with a stroller. You can buy food to...More

Thank Hana S
Reviewed 9 June 2017

This garden is a hidden gem, so much so, that I missed the entrance and had to drive around the block! The grounds are beautiful. The trees are perfectly manicured. It was fun feeding the numerous koi along the bridge. The tea house is in...More

Thank kleetz2015
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Hard to believe one is in the middle of the city. Though I was not able to take advantage of them, the park has interesting ongoing activities throughout the year. Shows it is active and not static. Staff seem to really try hard to make...More

1  Thank Cactusgardens
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Great place to meditate,relax and be inspired. We had a few hours before we could check into our hotel so this was a great way to spend the time. Great place if you have little ones, they will enjoy feeding the koi.

Thank 894robertj
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This is the place to go when you need to get away from stress and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature!

Thank ssjarama
Reviewed 16 May 2017

This is a nice garden. What makes it unique is it's location here in hot Phoenix. I checked it off my list of things to see, but wouldn't go again. It's just not that memorable.

Thank jimtravels2017
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Wow! A wonderful garden . Relax , enjoy and take in all the beauty that is displayed! You can do a return visit here also and still find something new . This is an exceptional peaceful , relaxing garden and one that should not be...More

Thank llpbear21
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Very, very small, and smack-dab in the middle of downtown. It's not as tranquil as I had hoped it would be. Very few flowers. The only part I really enjoyed was feeding the koi fish and ducks.

Thank Chelsea F
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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!
18 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.
23 December 2016|
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Response from blondie16 | Reviewed this property |
Not hard to find - no parking fee in lot