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Reception
$7,370 starting price
Ceremony
$3,670 starting price
Reception
$7,370 starting price
Ceremony
$3,670 starting price

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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.

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 200 people.

Services Offered
Japanese Friendship Garden鈥檚 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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Frequently Asked Questions

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?

$7,370

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$7,370

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?

$3,670

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$3,670

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

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
Outside Vendors

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

March
April
May
June
July
September

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
December
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4.4 out of 5 rating
29 Reviews
  • Quality of service
    4.6 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.4 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.6 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.4 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.2 out of 5 rating
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Angelia
Angelia O. Married on 07/23/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Our Dream Venue

When my husband and I found out that the garden was available for wedding events, we knew we wanted to book our reception here. Not only is the garden incredibly beautiful, this place holds significant to the both of us. We met in high school in our Japanese culture club and had our first field trip as well as performed events here.

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!
Erica
Erica B. Married on 07/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Thank You, JFG!

The Inamori Pavilion & Lower Gardens at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park is an incredibly beautiful & special place to have a wedding. With guests visiting San Diego from the East Coast, we wanted our wedding to be somewhere special to San Diego. Balboa Park is undeniably a San Diego gem, and the JFG is by far our favorite offering. The Earth Bridge provides a breathtaking setting for an intimate outdoor peaceful garden ceremony, and the Inamori Pavilion provides the perfect indoor / outdoor elements for a reception with a unique & stunning esthetic along side the koi pond. The Lower Gardens were open exclusively to our wedding guests to explore and admire for the entirety of our event, which the venue allows until midnight. Christina, Anna and the private events team at the JFG were so kind, patient, professional and easy to work with hrough multiple postponements from the start of planning our wedding in early 2019 to finally celebrating July 3, 2022. Thank you for being a part of our special once in a lifetime day!
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Ashley D. Married on 06/25/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Such a beautiful venue!

I'll be very honest, I booked my wedding at a very awkward time. I inquired before the pandemic with one coordinator, only to put planning on hold about a month later. But by the time they opened back up, the initial coordinator had retired and they had an intermittent coordinator who I talked with and made most of the arrangements with until they hired an official coordinator, Anna. But the whole time the transitions didn't affect my service. A beautiful venue, too.

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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Events

12 Nov
Bridal Show

Dream of Niwa

$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. D茅cor 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.

Date: From 11/12/2023 to 11/12/2023 Schedule 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: 2215 Pan American Road E, San Diego, CA 92101 - Lower Garden, San Diego, CA

Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements
Continental Catering Continental Catering Wedding Caterers

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

Dancing DJ Productions 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 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

Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Parking
The space offered by Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Museum
Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego is recommended by 89% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.4 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.6 in quality of service, 4.6 in professionalism, 4.4 in average response time, 4.4 in value and 4.2 in flexibility.

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