Japanese Friendship Garden is a unique wedding venue in San Diego, California. This historic, private garden venue incorporates a zen philosophy and style, great for large or small events. Located on seven and a half acres of beautiful land, this venue offers gorgeous gardens, lanterns, waterfalls, and even a Koi Pond. Japanese Friendship Garden is sure to make your wedding memorable, unique, and of course, enjoyable.
Facilities and Capacity
There are two on-site venues to the Japanese Friendship Garden. The upper level garden has a koi pond, moon-viewing deck, the Charles C. Dail Memorial Gate, and an open-air reception plaza. The Lower garden is an elegant yet modern space, including the Inamori Pavilion, an indoor space with an outdoor feel. The maximum capacity for these spaces is 250 people.
Japanese Friendship Garden’s professional staff can provide excellent event services for you and your guests, to ensure a fantastic experience. They offer a bridal suite, event rentals, wireless Internet, and lighting/sound services.
Recommended by 91% of couples
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Sacha · Married on 09/19/2015
Darryll & Sacha – September 2015Sent on 11/02/2015
We celebrated our wedding at the Japanese Friendship Garden in sunny San Diego, September of this year. We were lucky enough to have our ceremony and reception at the beautiful lower garden. The idyllic setting of the meticulously landscaped grounds, and centuries-old Japanese garden design was the perfect location for our special day. We couldn’t have picked a better venue. Our guests were able to enjoy the celebration, as well as walk the scenic landscape of the garden. Everyone in attendance took a little bit of the serene garden tranquility with them at the end of the night.
We had the best day of our lives, and for that we thank all the management and staff of JFG for extending such a warm welcome, and making us feel so relaxed in the knowledge that nothing would be less than perfect on their watch. My husband and I are very thankful for the amazing experience!
Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego's reply:Thank you Sacha and Darryll! It was so great to see your wedding progress, and how everything came out at the end. We are so happy that you were happy with your experience!
Colette Sirard · Married on 05/04/2019
Dream come true!
Stunning venue with an amazing staff! We had our ceremony in the Lower garden and our reception in the Inamori Pavilion The event coordinator Christina was so helpful and had suggestions for all my questions! My day went smoothly because of her help! I couldn't ask for more.Sent on 04/23/2019
Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego's reply:Hi Colette! I'm so happy you loved the venue and that the garden was looking amazing! We even had a bit of the cherry blossoms still Ieft and the rest was filling in great too perfect for photos! I can't wait to see them! You and Alex looked amazing and I loved the colors you went with! And thank you for being wonderful to work with! I truly enjoyed being part of your special day!
User6897271 · 2+ years ago
Book it! This is an unbelievable place to get married, filled with natural beauty and serenity. Perfect for outdoor events! We just had our 5 year anniversary dinner there, and working with Christine reminded me how easy they are and helpful. I highly recommend it for any outdoor event you are planning, it is a beautiful place.Sent on 06/28/2016
Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego's reply:Seeing that you and your wife are so happy just made my day! I'm really glad we were able to pull this all together in time and surprise her! We wish you many more years of happy marriage!
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Absolutely gorgeous venue with elegance and natural beauty. The staff is very helpful and friendly, great venue!
I just DJ'd a wedding at the Japanese Friendship Garden, and it was a great experience! It really is a beautiful setting and I recommend it to all couples looking for a pretty outdoor venue.
Without question, Balboa Park's Japanese Friendship Garden is the most exquisite, romantic venue in Southern California. We are truly blessed to provide our catering services to the majority of weddings held in such a breathtakingly beautiful natural setting. Year after year we meet numerous couples who book this "destination" wedding venue and make us part of their life changing momentous event. If you desire a unique outdoor setting that will create lasting memories, you should inquire with this spectacular venue.