Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego

2215 Pan American Road East, San Diego, CA 92101 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego

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.

Services Offered
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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24 Reviews for Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego

Recommended by 92% of couples


4.6 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.8
  • Flexibility 4.4
  • Value 4.5
  • Average response time 4.5

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    Risa · Married on 02/29/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Amazing venue

    Exactly one year ago, on Leap Day of 2020, my husband and I were married at the Japanese Friendship Garden. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect venue. San Diego is a wonderful location for a wedding because of the weather and easy access, but we were doubly lucky with so many of the cherry blossom trees in bloom for our ceremony. Under a clear sky at a perfect temperature, even in February, we couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.

    More importantly, the staff at JFG, particularly Christina, were amazingly helpful in making sure we had everything buttoned up for our big day. Scheduling walkthroughs here was such a pleasure. Christina was a true partner to us throughout the process, giving us advice and connecting us with reliable vendors for what can so often be an overwhelming process.

    One particular point worth noting if you are on the fence: we wondered if the flight path coming in would be a problem for an outdoor ceremony. From the parking lot above, the sound from the planes is noticeable, but once you’re in the garden the valley acts as a shield from the sound. With all the other positives in play, this ended up not being a problem even in the least.

    Most of our vendors have told us that we were among the last weddings they worked for 2020. Looking to the future, we’re hopeful that a location as wonderful as this can once again see its share of happy couples tying the knot. We feel truly blessed with our memories of our big day here and want to thank the JFG and all of its staff for helping us realize an evening we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.

    Sent on 03/02/2021
  • Jeanvally

    Jeanvally · Married on 08/31/2019

    5.0
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    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

    Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego's reply:

    Hi Jean,
    Thank you so much for the lovely review! It was so fun helping you plan things and I'm glad our other staff were able to help too! You both looked amazing and the video you filmed that day and played at the reception was so sweet and stunning! You two looked so happy and I'm glad if I was able to help even a little! Thank you for being amazing to work with and I'm so happy for you two! Best wishes!!! And let me know about that vow renewal ;) Definitely don't be shy and do come and visit!

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Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 2700.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 2700.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 500.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Parking
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    7
  • Describe your venue:
    Garden
    Historic Building
    Museum
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Lighting / Sound
    Wifi
  • What event items are available?
    Audio Equipment
    Chairs
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access

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Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements

  • Continental Catering Wedding Caterers

    Absolutely gorgeous venue with elegance and natural beauty. The staff is very helpful and friendly, great venue!

  • Dancing DJ Productions Wedding DJs

    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.

  • Indulge Contemporary Catering Wedding Caterers

    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

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego?

Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Bridal Suite
  • Parking

What are the most important characteristics of Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego for wedding events is known for:

  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Museum

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego for wedding events?

Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego offer?

Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego offer for wedding events?

Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego have available for wedding events?

Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.6 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.5 in average response time, 4.5 in value and 4.4 in flexibility.