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.
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’.
- 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