Koi fish, plants, flowers, and a tea garden.
If you’re looking for a relaxing spot to visit in Phoenix, the Japanese Friendship Garden is a must. Also known as the RoHoEn, this is an authentic 3.5 acre Japanese Stroll garden that features a tea garden and a tea house.
The garden was a joint project planned by Phoenix and its Japanese sister city, Himeji. The first phase of it opened in 1996, and it was completed by 2002. In 2004 it was even named by our city as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride.
The garden has more than 1,500 tons of hand-picked rocks, stone footbridges, lanterns, flowers, and 50 or more varieties of plants. The designers chose plant species that would withstand the desert weather but still reflect the serenity of an authentic Japanese Garden. As you walk through it, you’ll be able to enjoy flowing streams, a 12-foot waterfall, and a breathtaking Koi pond with hundreds of colorful fish.
You can get involved in their different events, including meditations, Hunyuan Qigong classes, yoga, and a tea ceremony. This last one is canceled until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions. Don’t forget to stay updated on their social media and website because they also organize seasonal events like the Moonviewing Festival and spring celebrations.
The garden operates in large part through the community’s support so you can make a money donation, plant donations, or become a volunteer!
Where: 📍1125 N 3rd Avenue, Phoenix
Hours: ⏰Closed on Mondays
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Friday-Saturday 7:00 am-11:00 am 5:00pm-8:00pm
Admission: 🪙 General: $10
Children 6 and under: Free
Featured image by the Japanese Friendship Garden @jfgphx.