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.
22 Reviews for Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego
Recommended by 92% of couples
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Jeanvally · Married on 08/31/2019
Our absolute dream venue!
Our first time actually visiting the lower garden was when we scheduled an appointment with Christina. Christina was so friendly, accommodating with our schedule & was very patient while my husband and I explored every part of the venue. She answered all of our questions and helped us envision the kind of ceremony/reception we wanted to have. Our venue search was finally over.
THE LOWER GARDEN IS AN ABSOLUTE DREAM -- it is the most beautiful venue I've ever seen and I couldn't be happier booking them. We had our ceremony at the earth bridge & our reception at the Inamori Pavillion. It was so great to have our ceremony right next to the reception. Also that our guests were able to enjoy a stroll around the garden during cocktail hour while we took our bridal party photos. Will absolutely try to find another occasion to book them again in the future :)Sent on 09/26/2019
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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!
Kristi Bulish · Married on 04/08/2019
Beautiful venue with great staff
The Japanese Friendship Garden is a stunning venue. They have gorgeous flowers and trees, coy ponds, waterfalls, and bridges. There is an incredible amount of natural beauty. The on-site event coordinator, Christina, was professional and helpful throughout the entire process. She also had lots of great suggestions for the wedding. The rest of the team was professional and easy to work with as well. Everything went really smoothly before, during, and after the weddin. I highly recommend JFG!Sent on 01/29/2020
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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.