We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Japanese Friendship Garden

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1821
Phone Number:
+1 602-291-9209
Website
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 240 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 111
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
A nice quiet place to visit in Phoenix

We have been to couple of Japanese gardens and found them to be quiet and tranquil and an excellent place for meditation and reflection This garden was no exception and was... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2017
Kenji56
,
Calgary, Alberta
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

240 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 232: English reviews
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
7 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extremely small park. And just that only a park! No indication of any special flora. The Koi pond was stocked with hungry fish and the only source of viewing entertainment. A waste of money and can only advise others to forget it!

Helpful?
Thank anythingohs
Cupertino, CA
Level Contributor
35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Friendship garden, meant to commemorate the relationship between Phoenix and its sister city in Japan, is rather small. The main feature is a good sized pond loaded with Koi. Many children and some adults feed the Koi with food purchased where you enter the garden and pay the relatively small admission fee. Consequently, there are dozens of Koi with... More 

Helpful?
Thank WorldTravelLovers
Dripping Springs, Texas
Level Contributor
476 reviews
226 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As an avid gardener, I am shocked that the garden is not really touted by the tourist bureau as "top rated site" to visit in Phoenix. We had to "stumble" across it and it is tough to find by car--lots of one way streets and confusing repair work. But, find it we did, and we were very impressed. It is... More 

Helpful?
Thank 1234texas
ontario
Level Contributor
146 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This is a great little garden, in a great little neighbourhood. Away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The fish and ducks provide the entertainment. There is also a tea house (it was not open the weekend we visited). The gift shop is really nice. All in all the garden is kept lovely and is a jewel... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank limeyca
Mesa, Arizona
Level Contributor
56 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

we always try to visit Japanese Gardens when traveling. this one might be the smallest we have visited. It was well laid out, lots of foliage and vegetation. water features were very nice. in all it was a nice relaxing spot, a place to escape the angst of every day life. we enjoyed the visit, just wished it had been... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank rex h
Newton, MA, United States
Level Contributor
34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Perfect for relaxation and contemplation. Quiet, well laid out, everything one would want in a Japanese garden.

Helpful?
Thank Miles F
Phoenix
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Nice places to walk and sit. Beautiful landscaping. This Friendship Garden is a beautiful gift to Phoenix.

Helpful?
1 Thank Harpangel
Calgary, Alberta
Level Contributor
111 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

We have been to couple of Japanese gardens and found them to be quiet and tranquil and an excellent place for meditation and reflection This garden was no exception and was nicely laid out and tranquil. Plan to spend about an hour to walk through and enjoy the garden There were only a few other visitors when we went which... More 

Helpful?
4 Thank Kenji56
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

I spent a warm afternoon touring the gardens. They were well done and fascinating, but lacked the color I expect from an urban garden in may.

Helpful?
Thank lsobel
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Great place to stroll around and be in contact with nature. The place is well maintained very clean and free of noise.

Helpful?
1 Thank larafuentes

Travellers who viewed Japanese Friendship Garden also viewed

Phoenix, Central Arizona
Phoenix, Central Arizona
 
Phoenix, Central Arizona
Phoenix, Central Arizona
 

Been to Japanese Friendship Garden? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Japanese Friendship Garden and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
Merrillville, Indiana
Winnipeg, Canada
1 month ago
over a year ago
20 days ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Japanese Friendship Garden staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?