It is an idyllic retreat, radiating serenity, simplicity and beauty. View a Zen Rock Garden from a meditation room in the Exhibit House, which also features Japanese art and crafts. Relax on the moon viewing deck next to a restful koi pond and its soothing waterfall. The garden is truly a treasure you’ll want to experience.
Another attractive feature of the garden is its educational programs. They offer classes and demonstrations where you’ll learn the secrets of bonsai or origami. It also hosts a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony every first Tuesday of each month. If you’d like to learn conversational Japanese, classes are available here too.
The garden is open Labor Day through Memorial Day, Tues.–Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Memorial Day to Labor Day, Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat.–Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission is ($4) for adults; ($2.50) for students and military with ID. Free admission on the third Tuesday of each month.
Banquet information: With its serene setting and lush grounds, the garden has become a popular setting for weddings and other special events. The Fujidana (wisteria arbor) is a romantic outdoor reception area that can accommodate up to 200 people. Contact Heather Hutchins (619-232-2721).
Weddings at Japanese Friendship Garden
Next door to the Prado Restaurant
Price: $400 min.
The Japanese Friendship Garden is the perfect venue for your next event or wedding, available at $450 per hour (Minimum 3 hour rental period).