Located within the confines of 156-acre Kelley Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden provides a beautiful and tranquil setting in the middle of the city. It is situated near the northern end of San José's Coyote River Park Chain, where ample water feeds its peaceful koi-filled ponds and lush foliage. Among the many attractions here are stone lanterns, graceful curved bridged, carefully manicured topiary, and an airy teahouse pavilion.
The Japanese Friendship Garden arose as a project between the city governments of San José and Okayama, Japan to celebrate their relationship as "Sister Cities." It serves as a living symbol of friendship between the two populations as well as a popular setting for weddings and celebrations. Many San Jose residents take advantage of this serene sanctuary as a place to sit and reflect on the beauty and power of nature.
Care and maintenance of the Japanese Friendship Garden is the responsibility of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, with assistance provided by a nonprofit organization called the Supporters of the Japanese Friendship Garden. The address is 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, California 95112-2520. Park hours are from 10am until sunset daily, and there are no admission fees charged. Pets on leashes are allowed; permits for group gatherings can be arranged.