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Japanese Friendship Garden

San Diego , CA
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LOCATION

San Diego, CA US 92101 (map)

PHONE

619-232-2721

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Explore the tranquil elegance, winding paths, ancient lanterns, peaceful waterfall, and Koi Pond of the Japanese Friendship Garden. The Garden combines zen philosophy and style in its... Read more
Explore the tranquil elegance, winding paths, ancient lanterns, peaceful waterfall, and Koi Pond of the Japanese Friendship Garden. The Garden combines zen philosophy and style in its flowering 2.5 acres to create the perfect setting for intimate ceremonies and large receptions.

For more information, contact events-mktg@niwa.org or call (619) 232-2721 ext. 100. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1991
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Museum, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
200
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1350
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Wedding:
5/12/2007
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were set on having our wedding reception at the Japanese Friendship Garden and we are so happy we did! I can't think of anyone sweeter to work with than Lovelynn and the gardens were beautiful! This place is pretty private and no one can come in during a private event. There is almost no way for onlookers to peer into the gardens since a fence surrounds the entire property.

The plants and trees are so gorgeous and the buildings and small Japanese details are a beautiful backdrop for photos! The ceremony gate was the perfect spot to have our cake table and the koi pond was such an inviting place for our guests to enjoy appetizers and drinks before we arrived. We set the Dj up in front of the office building and the dance floor right in front of the walkway. Our favor table and gift table fit perfectly in front of the office building on the other side across from the Dj. We also rented the exhibit house for a slideshow, candles, music and a photo album for our guests to enjoy. The benches they have on the property were perfect with the white pillows we purchased to dress them up. We used them for the koi pond area during the cocktail area and for the bridal tables and the bride/groom table. The pergola was the best space for our head table and we hung white sheer curtains from it to create more culture and romance. I couldn't have thought of a more perfect spot to celebrate our marriage!!
My husband and I were set on having our wedding reception at the Japanese Friendship Garden and we are so happy we did! I Read more...
My husband and I were set on having our wedding reception at the Japanese Friendship Garden and we are so happy we did! I can't think of anyone sweeter to work with than Lovelynn and the gardens were beautiful! This place is pretty private and no one can come in during a private event. There is almost no way for onlookers to peer into the gardens since a fence surrounds the entire property.

The plants and trees are so gorgeous and the buildings and small Japanese details are a beautiful backdrop for photos! The ceremony gate was the perfect spot to have our cake table and the koi pond was such an inviting place for our guests to enjoy appetizers and drinks before we arrived. We set the Dj up in front of the office building and the dance floor right in front of the walkway. Our favor table and gift table fit perfectly in front of the office building on the other side across from the Dj. We also rented the exhibit house for a slideshow, candles, music and a photo album for our guests to enjoy. The benches they have on the property were perfect with the white pillows we purchased to dress them up. We used them for the koi pond area during the cocktail area and for the bridal tables and the bride/groom table. The pergola was the best space for our head table and we hung white sheer curtains from it to create more culture and romance. I couldn't have thought of a more perfect spot to celebrate our marriage!! Read less
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jean
Wedding:
9/4/2011
4.9/5.0
This was the only venue that my husband and I looked at for our wedding! I lived in San Diego for almost 25 years and have never came by this hidden gem until it was time to look for the perfect location. We definitely wanted something outdoors since San Diego is a gorgeous city. I love that the venue is in the heart of Balboa Park so our guests were able to enjoy a beautiful backdrop as well. Lovelynn worked with us in the beginning as the Special Event Coordinator and she was amazing with us! Our guests repeatedly complimented how perfect this venue was for our special day!
This was the only venue that my husband and I looked at for our wedding! I lived in San Diego for almost 25 years and have Read more...
This was the only venue that my husband and I looked at for our wedding! I lived in San Diego for almost 25 years and have never came by this hidden gem until it was time to look for the perfect location. We definitely wanted something outdoors since San Diego is a gorgeous city. I love that the venue is in the heart of Balboa Park so our guests were able to enjoy a beautiful backdrop as well. Lovelynn worked with us in the beginning as the Special Event Coordinator and she was amazing with us! Our guests repeatedly complimented how perfect this venue was for our special day! Read less
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Jorgie
Wedding:
8/2/2008
4.9/5.0
My venue was beautiful.
My venue was beautiful.
My venue was beautiful. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
This is a lovely venue for a small, simple ceremony. They were flexible with their policies to allow us more time in the venue for setup and cleanup. We didn't need much and they don't offer alot of frills. They offer chairs and serving tables only. We provided our own linens, etc. For the arrangement we made we had to do all of the cleanup and haul away all of our own trash etc. I imagine that if you got a different contract, you could get more service, but we got the "budget" contract. Given that, they were great at brainstorming a last minute indoor option when the weather threatened rain, and they moved the chairs back outside when the skies cleared. They offered us a space for dressing and getting ready, and the area was freshly swept and trimmed just prior to our ceremony. It was a stunning location for a very small wedding and I'm glad ours was there.
This is a lovely venue for a small, simple ceremony. They were flexible with their policies to allow us more time in the Read more...
This is a lovely venue for a small, simple ceremony. They were flexible with their policies to allow us more time in the venue for setup and cleanup. We didn't need much and they don't offer alot of frills. They offer chairs and serving tables only. We provided our own linens, etc. For the arrangement we made we had to do all of the cleanup and haul away all of our own trash etc. I imagine that if you got a different contract, you could get more service, but we got the "budget" contract. Given that, they were great at brainstorming a last minute indoor option when the weather threatened rain, and they moved the chairs back outside when the skies cleared. They offered us a space for dressing and getting ready, and the area was freshly swept and trimmed just prior to our ceremony. It was a stunning location for a very small wedding and I'm glad ours was there. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
8/23/2014
4.5/5.0
Absolutely stunning place to get married! We had 130 with seated dinner and a dancing area, and it was perfect. The ceremony space, while beautiful, might have been a little tight for the ceremony in retrospect, but it was a 20 minute ceremony and I don't think anyone minded!

Pros - outdoors! You can do every aspect of the wedding outside if you'd like (ceremony, reception and cocktail hour). Public space (a little more budget friendly), naturally beautiful, can have loud music till late! Great space to hold supplies from the night before, as well as a "green-room" type set up for the bridal party to hang out before the ceremony/the band to take their break.

Cons - the JFG does have certain restrictions on candle use, putting things on the grass, hanging things, etc but nothing that was off-putting at all!

Overall, if you want a beautiful outdoor venue in San Diego, that you can customize and party till late...look no further than the JFG! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Absolutely stunning place to get married! We had 130 with seated dinner and a dancing area, and it was perfect. The Read more...
Absolutely stunning place to get married! We had 130 with seated dinner and a dancing area, and it was perfect. The ceremony space, while beautiful, might have been a little tight for the ceremony in retrospect, but it was a 20 minute ceremony and I don't think anyone minded!

Pros - outdoors! You can do every aspect of the wedding outside if you'd like (ceremony, reception and cocktail hour). Public space (a little more budget friendly), naturally beautiful, can have loud music till late! Great space to hold supplies from the night before, as well as a "green-room" type set up for the bridal party to hang out before the ceremony/the band to take their break.

Cons - the JFG does have certain restrictions on candle use, putting things on the grass, hanging things, etc but nothing that was off-putting at all!

Overall, if you want a beautiful outdoor venue in San Diego, that you can customize and party till late...look no further than the JFG! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Read less
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J.B.
Wedding:
8/7/2010
4.4/5.0
The most beautiful venue in San Diego. They have a few rules & restrictions, but they are easy to live by.
The most beautiful venue in San Diego. They have a few rules & restrictions, but they are easy to live by.
The most beautiful venue in San Diego. They have a few rules & restrictions, but they are easy to live by. Read less
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Winnie
Wedding:
4/29/2012
4.0/5.0
The Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park was such a beautiful place for our wedding! The staff was going through a change so I got passed around a bit near my wedding date (which was nerve wracking!) but everything turned out fine and the interim coordinator did her best. The venue itself is an amazing garden and a great value too!
The Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park was such a beautiful place for our wedding! The staff was going through a Read more...
The Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park was such a beautiful place for our wedding! The staff was going through a change so I got passed around a bit near my wedding date (which was nerve wracking!) but everything turned out fine and the interim coordinator did her best. The venue itself is an amazing garden and a great value too! Read less
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april
Wedding:
8/10/2012
3.4/5.0
a place of pure serenity embracing the full spirit ...
This venue was actually a last minute decision. At the time we had narrowed it down between Marriott Coronado or Symphony Towers University Club. When looking at venues we knew at 80% of our guests were going to be from out of town, and we really wanted a venue that displayed the best of San Diego. Then before we actually decided we threw in the idea of JFG. What a beautiful hidden gem with history, energy, and beauty all in one garden. I would give 5 stars, however the Site Coordinator was not as easy to deal with as expected. Overall we had a beautiful garden all to ourselves for our special day. Our ceremony was on the moonlight deck, cocktail hour at the Ceremonial gates, and outdoor reception lit with yellow and white paper lanterns.
a place of pure serenity embracing the full spirit ...
This venue was actually a last minute decision. At the time we Read more...
a place of pure serenity embracing the full spirit ...
This venue was actually a last minute decision. At the time we had narrowed it down between Marriott Coronado or Symphony Towers University Club. When looking at venues we knew at 80% of our guests were going to be from out of town, and we really wanted a venue that displayed the best of San Diego. Then before we actually decided we threw in the idea of JFG. What a beautiful hidden gem with history, energy, and beauty all in one garden. I would give 5 stars, however the Site Coordinator was not as easy to deal with as expected. Overall we had a beautiful garden all to ourselves for our special day. Our ceremony was on the moonlight deck, cocktail hour at the Ceremonial gates, and outdoor reception lit with yellow and white paper lanterns. Read less
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