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Your Garden Celebration
Imagine your own private garden celebration underneath the stars. Whether it is a romantic candlelight dinner as you are surrounded by the soft glow of luminaries lighting the pathways or an exotic, Japanese-inspired affair... we provide the picture perfect backdrop for the wedding or celebration you've always dreamed about.
Explore the lush manicured landscapes, winding pathways, ancient lanterns, tranquil waterfall and Koi Pond of the Japanese Friendship Garden. The Garden is the perfect balance of Zen and style along with a spectacular location to make your event truly unforgettable.
If you would like to schedule a tour with us, please contact Lauren Manalo at (619) 232-2721 ext. 100 or by email at email@example.com.
The Japanese Friendship Garden is a hidden jewel located in the heart of San Diego's historic Balboa Park. The Garden currently sits on 2 1/2 acres of serene and flourishing landscapes. Along with the Garden's exclusive listing of Approved Caterers, the Garden has since shared its beauty as the setting for hundreds of beautiful weddings and unforgettable events. The Garden is an ideal backdrop for intimate affairs of 10 to celebrations up to 200 guests.
Ceremony and Reception Venues
The garden offers these beautiful areas to accommodate your event
The Koi Pond and Moon Viewing Deck Ceremony (Max. Capacity 85) Small Reception - sit- down (Max. Capacity 50) Cocktail Hour (Max. Capacity 100) The simple beauty of the Koi Pond has made this location a favorite for ceremonies. Nestled underneath the Fujidana (wisteria arbor) and surrounded by the serene sounds of the waterfall, the Koi Pond is the ideal location to exchange "I DO" for your intimate ceremony
The Ceremonial Gate Ceremony (Max. Capacity 200) The majestic backdrop of the Ceremonial Gate is the perfect location for a larger, grander ceremony. The Ceremonial Gate is a magnificent location with views overlooking the towering Corinthian-style columns of our neighbors at the Organ Pavilion.
The Courtyard Cocktail Hour (Max. Capacity 150 ) A charming courtyard with magnificent views of the Organ Pavilion and Balboa Park. Located at the front entrance of the Garden, next to the Tea Pavilion.
Exhibit House (Max. Capacity 80) *Additional Fee : $45/per hour Designed in the traditional Japanese sukiya style, the Exhibit House has rotating exhibits that feature various arts, crafts, and collections from the Japanese culture. Guests can enjoy the month’s featured exhibit and the tranquility of the viewing room overlooking the Zen Rock Garden.
Ceremonial Plaza Reception (Max. Capacity 200 ) All receptions take place in the Ceremonial Plaza, with backdrops of the majestic Ceremonial Gate and grandiose views of the Organ Pavilion. Celebrations held in the springtime can enjoy the beauty of the wisteria blossoms that cover the bamboo framework. You and your guests remain free to explore the Garden’s beauty the entire evening of your celebration.