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Established as a symbol of friendship between the two sister cities of San Diego and Yokohama in 1991, the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) dives into the beautiful and intriguing Japanese culture. By trying to replicate the exact portrayal of a garden in Japan, various amenities have been constructed throughout the 12 acre setting to make the visitors feel like they have truly traveled across the ocean to visit the country.

The park is always bustling with various activities and events throughout the year bringing in a crowd of over 240,000 annually. This includes various educational programs, exhibits and festivals to bring everyone closer and appreciate the simplicity & fineness of the culture. The confluence of modern and ancient methods of horticulture is another sight to behold with beautiful gardens spread throughout the park with various koi ponds, flowing water, crossing bridges, sukiya-style buildings and landscape reminiscent of ancient Japan.

As you wander around, you’re sure to witness the fully blooming cherry trees strategically placed throughout the park that’s synonymous with the Japanese cherry blossom’s festival. 

The Inamori pavilion also plays host to private events with its rotating exhibits proving to be the perfect spot for photo sessions. The celebration of diversity at JFG is a must-have experience for every San Diego Visitor.

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