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Japanese Friendship Garden San-Kei-En

4 star rating 10 Reviews

(619) 232-2721(619) 232-2721 View Website »

2215 Pan American Road EastSan Diego, CA 92101

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Business overview

Service Area

  • Downtown

Attractions

  • Botanical Gardens

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Nice little surprise, 5/22/2008

When I worked at the SDMA, my employee pass that allowed me to explore the Japanese garden for free. It was a very pleasant surprise. There is also a nice little tea shop for inexpensive take away... food and picnic tables outside for dining.

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not what i expected, 5/02/2008

I have to admit that my expectations were not met when I entered the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. I was expected a fairly large area full of plants, flowers, fish, and Japanese... architecture. While the Garden does have some nice plants and flowers, along with a koi pond, the grounds are very small. You will get through the Garden very quickly, leaving you wanting more for your money. If you visit you will most likely enjoy if you keep your expectations low.

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Japanese Friendship Garden San-Kei-En - San Diego, CA -  Homey

Reviews: 301

Nice little surprise

When I worked at the SDMA, my employee pass that allowed me to explore the Japanese garden for free. It was a very pleasant surprise. There is also a nice little tea shop for inexpensive take away food and picnic tables outside for dining.

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Japanese Friendship Garden San-Kei-En - San Diego, CA -  missylovesthedd

Reviews: 173

not what i expected

I have to admit that my expectations were not met when I entered the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. I was expected a fairly large area full of plants, flowers, fish, and Japanese architecture. While the Garden does have some nice plants and flowers, along with a koi pond, the grounds are very small. You will get through the Garden very quickly, leaving you wanting more for your money. If you visit you will most likely enjoy if you keep your expectations low.

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Japanese Friendship Garden San-Kei-En - San Diego, CA -  JenniferS

Reviews: 981

beautiful garden

The Japanese Friendship Graden in Balboa is so beautiful and relaxing. A great exhibit of exotic plants and flowers, a cherry tree grove, an outdoor ampitheater, bonzai trees, etc . They have a pond which houses beautiful koi fish.

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Japanese Friendship Garden San-Kei-En - San Diego, CA -  jevans

Reviews: 85

A Meditative Gem!

A great place to meditate; to consider your blessings and to cheer you up on sad days. The Garden also provides lovely backgrounds for portrait pictures. I go here on days to remind myself to sometimes stop and considers the trees and flowers.

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Japanese Friendship Garden San-Kei-En - San Diego, CA -  l_d3522

Reviews: 26

Worth the Wait

Definitely a little zen peace amongst the hustle and bustle of Balboa Park. Walking in to the Gardens you definitely feel as though you've entered a part of Japan rich in tradition and beauty.

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Japanese Friendship Garden San-Kei-En - San Diego, CA -  KymKrutz

Reviews: 113

Beautiful gardens

I had been waiting fro years for them to finish this addition to Balboa Park and it was well worth the wait. Very pretty flowers and shaped Bonzai trees amongst various differents plants decorated the gardens. There is even a sushi place right in front of the gardens, if you love sushi!

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Japanese Friendship Garden San-Kei-En - San Diego, CA - Jon G.

Relaxing Escape

The Japanese Friendship Garden is small, but the admission is inexpensive, and I've found that the benefit of visiting after a long, stressful week is...

Japanese Friendship Garden San-Kei-En - San Diego, CA - Richard H.

visit a Japanese garden

After walking by the Japanese Friendship Garden many time when I went to Balboa park, recently I decided to go in and have a look. By the name, you mi...

Japanese Friendship Garden San-Kei-En - San Diego, CA - winnie l.

Little Japanese friendship garden

The Japanese friendship garden in Balboa Park will perhaps disappoint people who buy the ticket to get in. Unless, you think the 3 dollars gate fee is...

Japanese Friendship Garden San-Kei-En - San Diego, CA - Xenia F.

Nice, but small

The Japanese Friendship Garden located within Balboa Park is small, but nicely kept series of plants and ponds. The admission is cheap, so your expec...