Japanese Friendship Garden Tours
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Somewhat of a park inside of a park, the Japanese Friendship Garden is a sanctuary of calm inside busy Balboa Park. Symbolic of the friendship between San Diego and the Japanese city of Yokohama, this 20-acre garden has over 200 cherry trees that dot the manicured landscape. In keeping with the tradition of Japanese gardens, the landscape here is methodically arranged so the stones, water, trees, and plants have a natural and calming energy. It’s a place for serene, inward reflection, and also a place where visitors can experience traditional Japanese culture. Stop for a drink at the tea museum and gaze out over the ponds, or wander through gardens that are meticulously planted in traditional Japanese herbs. On weekends, there can be classes in everything from Japanese language to the art of fine calligraphy, as well as a festival for the cherry blossom bloom that takes place every March.
The Japanese Friendship Garden is open from 10am-4:30pm, with the last admission at 3:30pm. Admission to the garden is $6 for adults, $5 for students, and the garden is located off of President’s Way inside of Balboa Park.
Address: 2215 Pan American Road East, San Diego, California, USA
Hours: Open from 10am-4:30pm
Admission: Adults: $6
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Ride in a luxury vehicle to Balboa Park for a private tour of this National Historic Landmark District of San Diego. Explore the 1,200-acre (485-hectare) cultural icon with your own personal guide and customize your 2-hour itinerary with your choice of sights, including complimentary admission to the Spanish Village Art Center; Botanical Garden, Rose Garden and Cactus Garden; and Timken Art Museum. Pass by numerous museums and hear informative commentary about the park’s history and architecture. Bottled water and snacks are provided.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Face masks provided for travelers
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What are Japanese Friendship Garden hours of operation?
Japanese Friendship Garden hours of operation: Open from 10am-4:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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