Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of a Japanese garden in San Diego’s historical Balboa Park. Here, you will find aesthetically pleasing features such as a zen rock garden, koi pond, traditional Japanese art, water features as well as special events held throughout the year.
The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) is named San Kei En (three scene garden – water, pastoral, and mountain) which expresses the ties between the people of San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama. JFG blends the two cultures to create a unique and immersive experience that anyone will enjoy. JFG represents a new stage in the development of the Japanese garden outside of Japan. The design of the San-Kei-En is guided by the original principles of the Japanese garden (people, natural environment, and culture) while incorporating the local regional landscape and climate.
The life of JFG continues to blossom and is committed to upholding its mission of educating, engaging, and inspiring present and future generations of diverse backgrounds about Japanese culture and community legacy.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Emerging artist Yoichi Nakama from Kyoto, Japan will be the next exhibitor at JFG’s Exhibit Hall. During his painting process, Nakama employs elements of abstraction and moves away from objective representations. Nakama chooses to express his feeling about the beauty of nature, the phenomenon of light, and atmospheric changes as it occurs within Kyoto – during the process, the canvas itself is transformed into an object of nature.
Thursday, July 25, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Exhibition Hall
Online RSVP | $5.00 (includes JFG admission)
Day of, Walk in | $5.00 + JFG admission
Inquiries can be sent to Emiko Scudder (619) 232-2784 or registrar@ niwa.org
Visit Japanese Friendship Garden
2215 Pan American Road E
San Diego, CA 92101
Daily: 10 AM – 7 PM (last admission 6:00 PM)
Early closures may vary due to private events.
2215 Pan American Road East, San Diego, CA