Japanese Friendship Garden and Museum

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Environment


2215 Pan American Rd Eastsan diego, CA 92101 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission statement of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society and Museum of San Diego is to develop a traditional Japanese garden as a center to educate, engage and inspire people of diverse backgrounds about Japanese culture and community legacy.


JFGM provides various opportunities for volunteers to learn and grow with the garden. From summer/winter camps, gardening/composting, activities for our vistors, taking care of bonsai trees, education on maintaining Koi fish and their ponds and many more Japanese related events that we hold throughout the year.


Would you recommend Japanese Friendship Garden and Museum?
4 reviews Write a review
by Alexia L. from Los Angeles, CA (December 5, 2016)
This was a great experience and well organized. It was easy, fun and overall a thrill to participate in the event.
by Erik H. from San Diego, CA (September 24, 2014)
The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) of San Diego is a beautiful spot that offers both its visitors and volunteers a chance to be at peace with nature while still in the city. It is hard sometimes to step back and take a breath of fresh air, but with the gorgeous greens that surround you along with flowering trees and shrubs plus flowing koi ponds even while just picking weeds for three hours I felt at peace. The time actually passed quicker than I realized. One can find peace and lend a hand, also gaining valuable gardening experience all at the same time. Totally recommend giving this a try.
by Leanne S. (July 13, 2014)
JFG is such a peaceful, beautiful place to volunteer! I can't imagine a greater place to volunteer. I literally feel zen-like and completely rejuvenated after leaving. Time passes by so quickly when I am there because the scenery is neverending, so I am always spotting beauty I hadn't quite seen before. The staff at JFG is delightful, and they truly care for and appreciate their volunteers. Our volunteer coordinator, Jana, is extremely helpful, happy, and heartfelt. She is constantly working to improve ways in which volunteers can learn more about the garden so that we can pass along valuable knowledge to our guests. Thank you JFG for letting me a part- I am honored.

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