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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.
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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 200 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.
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Anna, the private events coordinator kept an open communication with us mostly through emails. We continued to update her on our chosen vendors and any questions we had she answered in detail. She also helped us schedule a day and time in the garden before opening hours for our engagement photo session. She truly went above and beyond to help our event run smoothly along with the rest of the JFG staff. Our vendors were able to set up earlier than we originally booked and members of our wedding party could drop off the decorations before our ceremony which took place off site.
We had our reception at the Lower Garden in the Inamori Pavilion and added the shuttle service for our guests. They enjoyed exploring and taking photos in the garden and stated it was the perfect place for us to celebrate our marriage. Thank you for making our dream a reality!
Thank You, JFG!
Such a beautiful venue!
I will say this, when you plan your event, remember it's a museum first and a venue second, so there a lot of things they don't have that a traditional reception hall would have such as a clean up crew. They do provide brooms and such but keep in mind you should prepare a group of trusted guests or even hire a crew to clean everything up after your event. It's also imperative that you give your guests precise directions. Some of my guests did get lost, even after I gave them the address the venue suggested, because they relied on Google maps to get them there, only to end up at the very front entrance.
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$25 | Non-Member
$20 | JFGM member
The Japanese Friendship Garden and Museum invites you to the 2023 Wedding Expo
Newly engaged couples, mother of the brides, and wedding enthusiasts will have the opportunity to attend the Japanese Friendship Garden and Museum's wedding expo, happening Fall 2023. Tour the 12-acre garden and gather inspiration for your dream event. Both sides of the Inamori Pavilion will be set up as mock reception spaces. Décor including drapery, tablescapes, and a floral arch will be on display to help you envision what your event could be at JFGM. Each ticket includes sampling from caterers, dancing and music with a live DJ, access to meet bridal industry experts and more. This is a special occasion you won't want to miss! The first 50 guests receive a complimentary drink from Snake Oil Cocktail Co.
Purchase your ticket to reserve your spot today. Dream of the Garden.
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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.
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Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego frequently asked questions
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- Historic Building
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- Bridal Shower
- Engagement Party
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Event Rentals
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- Outside Vendors
- Audio Equipment