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.
*The latest JFG safety policies in regards to the current pandemic can be found at niwa.org/notices. We ask all guests to review this page before making their JFG visitation plans.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Visit Japanese Friendship Garden
2215 Pan American Road E
San Diego, CA 92101
Daily: 10 AM – 6 PM (last admission 5:00 PM)
Early closures may vary due to private events.
2215 Pan American Road East, San Diego, CA