Japanese Friendship Garden: An Oasis in Phoenix for Quiet Reflection

March 1, 2016 | western

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix offers a peaceful place to reflect and unwind, with unique elements that symbolize aspects of Japanese culture. The garden features stone footbridges, sculptures, lanterns, a 12-foot waterfall, a tea house, and a koi pond.

A design team from Phoenix's Japanese sister city, Himeji, helped design the 3 1/2- acre garden, which was adapted to the demands of the desert environment. It was completed in 2002, and many city residents cite it as one of their favorite places to visit. To enhance visitors' experience, a map is available in the gift shop which points out some of the landscape elements and features unique to Japanese garden design.

Admission is $5 for adults, and you may also buy food to feed the koi fish. Authentic Japanese tea ceremonies are held on the second Saturday of each month at the tea house for an additional cost. The garden can also be rented for private events, such as weddings.

Japanese Friendship Garden
1125 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003

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