Japanese Friendship Garden

If you like zen-like places, spend some time in the Japanese Friendship Garden.


  • $6 Adults
  • $5 Seniors (65+), Students, Military
  • Free Children 6 and Under
  • 3rd Tuesday of the Month: Residents Free Tuesday. Free for San Diego City and County Residents and Active Military and their Dependents.

Daily 10am-4:30pm (last admission at 3:30pm)

*Free Tuesday of the Month: 10am-4pm (last admission at 3pm)





2215 Pan American Road E, San Diego CA 92101

Detailed Description:

The Japanese Friendship Garden’s roots began in 1915 with the Panama-California Exposition. One exhibit for the celebration was a Japanese Teahouse located where the Children’s Zoo is now located (near the Botanical Building). After the Exposition ended, the Teahouse was maintained by the Asakawa family. The Asakawa’s saved the Teahouse and continued to serve food and tea. The Teahouse was open until 1941.

Starting in 1955, efforts were made to create a bond between San Diego and the City of Yokohama, Japan. Over the next few decades, the City of Yokohama presented San Diego with many different gifts of friendship and San Diego started plans to create the Friendship Garden. In 1990, the Garden opened. Over the next 9 years, a major improvement plan was followed to add staff, a Tea Pavilion, a Bonsai Garden and more areas.

The Garden brings over 100,000 visitors annually and is still a work in progress. The last scheduled major improvement plan is scheduled to be completed in 2015.


Special Exhibits:
Nature Transformed: Interpretations of Japanese Landscapes is an exhibit featuring three artists who do a modern take on the landscapes of Japan.
Now thru March 16

Special Events:
Museum Events for General Public

Free Garden Tours


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*Hours, prices, etc all subject to change. Check the location’s website to confirm.