Continuing with our series of Things to do with Tweens & Teens in Arizona, we recently visited Phoenix’s Japanese Friendship Garden.
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix. Relaxing and serene escape in Phoenix. A contrast to our desert landscape. An educational and cultural experience The garden is located downtown near Hance Park, Phoenix Art Museum, and the Heard Museum. The garden doesn’t take long to stroll but is worth the visit. Combine your visit with the nearby museums or one of Phoenix’s amazing locally-owned restaurants.
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N 3rd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003
The garden is open Tuesday through Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Tickets are $10, $7 for students, and free for children 6 and under (check the website for the most up to date information)
I took my son for the first time to the gardens this March when the cherry blossoms were just starting to bloom. He has really taken an interest in want to visit Japan partly brought on by his love for ramen and watching anime. Some day, I hope I can take him to Japan but for now, the garden is a peek into the culture. Over the years, I’ve visited the gardens a few times including when the Devour Culinary Classic ‘Devour the World’ was hosted at the garden.
The Japanese Friendship Garden is a joint project between Phoenix and Phoenix’s sister city, Himeji, Japan. The mayor of Himeji proposed the garden in 1987 and a token of friendship and the garden opened in 1996 on the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship. The design and many of the features in the garden were gifts from Phoenix’s sister city.
The garden covered 3.5 acres in Phoenix. The grounds include landscaping trees and plants intertwined with water features and statues.
In the spring, the Cherry blossoms are in bloom and the perfect time to visit before the Phoenix heat arrives.
The areas near the bridge are the best place to watch the koi. So fun to watch all the varied colors of Koi as they come up to the water.
Wether you’re a local or visiting Phoenix with teenagers, I highly recommend a trip to the gardens. Check their website for special events and festivals. Looking for more Japanese cultural experiences in Phoenix? Check out the Arizona Matsuri Festival held downtown each year (virtual for 2021).
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