- Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Visitors frequently describe this small garden as "tranquil" and a nice place to let the kids run around. Built in 1965 as a symbol of everlasting friendship between the city of San Jose and its sister city, Okayama, Japan, the garden features Japanese bridges, waterfalls and koi fish (a favorite attraction among youngsters).
Recent visitors said the garden provided a peaceful backdrop for a relaxing stroll, though some were disappointed with its size, describing it as underwhelming. Because of its picturesque landscaping and romantic ambiance, it's also a popular spot for engagement photos and outdoor wedding ceremonies, according to reviewers.
Situated a little more than 2 miles south of downtown San Jose in Kelley Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden is free to enter, but you'll have to pay $6 to park. To avoid fees, heed the advice of travelers and park on East Alma Street, across from Kelley Park. You'll also find restrooms, picnic facilities, playgrounds, a small zoo and barbecues within Kelley Park.
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