Not far from the geographical center of Phoenix sits a small, peaceful 3.5 acre Japanese Stroll Garden, incorporating over 50 plant varieties and two species of bamboo into it’s landscape of rocks, waterfalls, streams and koi pond. The 12 foot waterfall, pathways and stream bed are constructed of handpicked rock from local quarries in and around Superior, Florence, Congress and Jerome. A population of over 300 Koi call the central “lake” their home and are quick to welcome visitors crossing the footbridge.
The Tea House, nestled in a grove of bamboo on the east side of the park, hosts public Tea Ceremonies every second Saturday of the month. Tea ceremonies aren’t just for socializing, but are actually a mastered art form and spiritual discipline practiced for over 450 years. Be sure to make a reservation to attend this opportunity to experience a small aspect of Japanese culture.
- Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
- 1125 North 3rd Avenue
- Phoenix, Arizona 85003
- Phone: (602) 256-3204
- Fax: 602-495-5557
- TTY: (602) 262-6713
Regular Public Hours at the Garden are Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Closed on Monday.