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Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Arizona

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Volunteer as a Docent
Follow your passion for Japanese Culture to the tranquil Japanese Garden where we would be happy to train you to be one of our cherished docents

Docents are our most specialized volunteers. Each docent completes a 15-hour training.
The docent-led tours are scheduled from 10:00-3:00 Tues-Fri. So please think about your availability during those hours. A tour lasts 30-60 minutes. Tours are scheduled in advance to meet the needs of school groups, senior centers, social clubs, business leaders, City of Phoenix leaders,
international visitor groups, and anyone else who has an interest in our Garden. You would be contacted by our Events manager to sign up for docent-led tours when they are booked, and you should be willing and available to give at least one tour a month during the hours stated above. Of course, more than once a month is very desirable. Docents need to have the physical stamina to move around in the Garden for 30-60 minutes at a time and speak loud enough so groups of 15-20 people can hear you. Japanese language proficiency is not necessary.
Because we're working with children and vulnerable populations, we need our docents to pass a background check and be fingerprinted (at our cost.)

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About Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Arizona


1125 N. 3 Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003, US

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden is to maintain a beautiful, serene Japanese garden in the heart of Phoenix and provide educational and artistic programs and events to deepen our relationships and celebrate the rich history and culture of Japan.


The Japanese Friendship Garden - also known as RoHoEn - is an authentic 3 1/2 acre Japanese Stroll Garden with a tea garden and tea house. This tranquil and beautiful setting features 1,500 tons of hand-picked rock, stone footbridges, lanterns and more than 50 varieties of plants. Flowing streams, a 12-foot waterfall and a Koi pond with over 300 colorful Koi fish refresh the senses. The Garden is the product and shared cultural vision of the Sister Cities of Phoenix and Himeji, Japan.

Arts & Culture
Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


1125 N. 3 Ave.Phoenix, AZ 85003



  • People Skills
  • Japanese
  • Public Speaking
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • History




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once a month, more often is desirable
  • Complete a 15-hour training and be available weekdays 10:00-3:00

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