It’s no secret that I love Japanese gardens. I’ve been to almost every Japanese garden in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose is amongst that list!
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The Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose is located at 1300 Senter Road. There is no entry fee but you have to pay $6 for parking. The garden are located right next to Happy Hollow Zoo and two other parks. There are restrooms and a space available for weddings. If you plan to take photos here, you’ll need a permit.
The garden was built to pay tribute to San Jose’s sister city, Okayama, and is designed after their Korakuen garden.
As of September 2020, they are still making repairs to the Tea House and water system due to flooding in 2017. All the koi fish are being kept in a smaller pond in a corner of the garden until repairs are finished. The gardens are still beautiful but it would definitely be more magical with the main pond full of water.
There are signs around the garden to keep off the grass but there are quite a few benches to sit on. At the Japanese Friendship Garden, you can find beautifully maintained plants and trees, mini bridges and paths underneath the shade. This is a great place to relax and enjoy a picnic.
Because of the current conditions of the garden, there are more pleasant Japanese gardens to explore in the area, such as Hakone Estate or the Japanese garden in San Mateo. The Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose is still a beautiful park to get some nature therapy and it will definitely be a gem to visit after they make the repairs.
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