We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Japanese Friendship Garden

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112
Phone Number:
408 794 7275

This well-maintained park covers six acres of manicured landscape,...

This well-maintained park covers six acres of manicured landscape, waterfalls, bridges and bonzai plants.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 140 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 69
  • 45
    Very good
  • 12
  • 1
  • 1
Peaceful island in a metro area!

Beautifully landscaped, a bit poorly maintained because of all the inconsiderate, unattentive parents letting their brats trash up the place. Visit during school hours - much more... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Tres W
Sunnyvale, California
Add Photo Write a Review

140 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 128: English reviews
Sunnyvale, California
Level Contributor
76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautifully landscaped, a bit poorly maintained because of all the inconsiderate, unattentive parents letting their brats trash up the place. Visit during school hours - much more peaceful!

Thank Tres W
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is beautiful, every time I've had been at this place was perfect, The photos of my son's graduation was there, our family time was there, one or two dates was there, me and my friend times was there, my OWN time was there I loved this place so much. Perfect for relaxing if you are very stressed, Perfect... More 

Thank AngelicaFerreira
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Coming from the USA, this Japanese garden seemed very small and not too decorative. Best part was meeting some very friendly people n speaking with them at length.

Thank Judith S
Westport, Connecticut
Level Contributor
72 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Like the Noguichi Museum in Long Island City (Queens, NY) this garden is an exquisite Japanese expression of tranquillity situated in a Western industrial area. It unfolds before you, and the calm it exudes permeates. At every turn there is a surprise of color, a view to delight. On more prosaic matters, although it nominally is handicapped accessible the back... More 

1 Thank seggerman
West Berlin, New Jersey
Level Contributor
70 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Unlike some of the gardens in Portland, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Sidney and San Francisco this one is spread out and thus a little less intensely cultivated. It thus relies less on the landscape in miniature. The feel thus may be less intense put it can be restful and even more calming than these other gardens particularly because there probably will be... More 

Thank whelfand
Sacramento, California
Level Contributor
65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

The garden itself is "free" but there's nowhere nearby to park for which you do not need to pay. If you have a park pass, then it will be free. Otherwise, you have to pay about six dollars. It's a pretty tea Garden, although not remotely authentic, for those of you who are connoisseurs of Japanese authenticity. There are three... More 

1 Thank Sylvia232323
San Francisco Bay Area
Level Contributor
20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Walk around the perfectly manicured grounds, koi pond, classic houses, great souvenirs, banzai trees.

Thank Giancarlo
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Nice to roam around and relax. Beautiful park. The view really fits for prenuptial shoots. Lots of couples were there taking pictures. The pond has lots of fish. Kids are having fun running around and looking at the beautiful kois.

Thank ice0323
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The Kelley Park complex in San Jose is amazing. Aside from Kelley Park, Happy Hollow Zoo, History Park, and the disc golf course, there's ALSO this lovely gem of a Japanese garden. Meander through lovely gardens around a vast koi pond. It's very photogenic and peaceful. Tip: find yourself some on street parking across Senter Road on on East Alma,... More 

Thank Kari D
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
58 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We took ur twins age 6 they enjoy running and chasing the ducks. There is a red bridge where you could see all the fish up close . It is nice to have a picnic with family it took us about one hour to see the park .

Thank Salaamus

Travellers who viewed Japanese Friendship Garden also viewed


Been to Japanese Friendship Garden? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Japanese Friendship Garden and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
8 months ago
over a year ago

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Japanese Friendship Garden staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?