Japanese Friendship Garden

Calm, serene, soothing, tranquil and quiet – these are the words that hover over your mind when you walk into the stunningly picturesque Japanese Friendship Garden at San Jose.

View of the Japanese Friendship Garden

Living symbol of friendship

This breathtakingly beautiful garden was created in 1965 as a symbol of the relationship between San Jose and its Sister City, Okayama in Japan.  The serene Garden spread over six acres was fashioned after the exquisite Koraku-en Garden in Okayama, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.

Scenic tranquility

It’s hard to imagine that this haven of peace exists within a bustling city. Once you step into the premises of the Garden, it’s like you’ve stepped into another reality. With gaily painted Japanese bridges, the gentle hum of a happy brook, placid ponds with golden Koi fishes from Koraku-en, the garden is a portrait of nature at its best.

The Japanese Friendship Garden is ideally enjoyed at a relaxed pace and should not be rushed into a ‘schedule’.

Handy Tip

  • Spring is a good time to visit the Garden as there are several flowering trees that transform the garden into a magical place.

Photos by Jim Watkins Photography