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Mission Statement

The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego is to create a Japanese-style garden dedicated to the well-being of all people which provides educational programs that encourage understanding of the Japanese heritage among people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and cultures.


As a valued asset to Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden is also an educational resource to the community. It provides a variety of seminars, cultural classes and workshops as well as accredited horticultural instruction.,


Average Review 5 reviews

Would you recommend Japanese Friendship Garden?

by Alexia L. from Chula Vista, 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.