On March 17th, I visited the Japanese Friendship Garden. I had been there once before but it had been 1 1/2 years ago and there have been several expansions and improvements since I was there last time.
The Japanese Friendship Garden started in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition, as a Tea house. It has now expanded to 11 acres, still under development. It has a tea house with food and teas, an exhibition building, a koi pond, a Wisteria arbor, a Camilla and Azalea garden, a meditation garden, cherry tree orchards, a stream, bridges, a bonsai display and other features. A new multipurpose building is almost complete and work continues on the canyon area with walkways, a stream, some bridges, meditation areas and a waterfall that is not complete yet. Another building in the works is to be a restaurant and traditional tea house. The plan is to have a pavilion for up to 300 patrons, an amphitheater, and a tea and herb garden.
Here is the entrance to the Japanese Friendship garden:
Here is a sculpture that is near the entrance:
Here is the side of the exhibition building and some of the Bonsai display:
The koi pond is a very popular spot:
This is near the beginning of the trails that lead down into the canyon. I’m glad that I visited while the cherry blossom trees were in bloom. You can see the new multipurpose room down below:
There are many meandering paths throughout the garden, both at the top and into the canyon, with many benches, boulders and places to stop and take in the beauty and peacefulness of this garden:
Here is the stream:
The multipurpose room is almost complete. Here is a view from higher up on the trail and then at the bottom:
This building is further out for completion and will house the restaurant and other features:
You can see the areas that are still under development to create the waterfall and add to the canyon area pond, stream and further gardens:
The Garden has a gift shop and various classes. You can check out their website at: http://www.niwa.org/
All in all this is a lovely and peaceful place to visit! Come check it out!