Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix

1125 N. 3rd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003- Map It
(602) 256-3204

AAA Editor Notes

Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix is at 1125 N. 3rd Ave. Japanese landscape architects made some 60 visits from Himeji, Japan, Phoenix's sister city, to build an authentic Japanese garden and teahouse. The 3.5 acres of the gardens—known as Ro Ho En—contain 50 desert-tolerant plants, a gazebo, koi pond, pavilion, decorative bridges and a 12-foot waterfall. The name, Ro Ho En, combines the Japanese words for Heron (Ro), Himeji's symbol; with Ho, for the mythical Phoenix bird; and En for garden. Guided tours are available.
$5; $4 (ages 7-17, ages 62+, and students and military with ID). Public tea ceremony and garden $30; $25 (ages 62+). Guided tour $8; $7 (ages 62+). Reservations are required for tea ceremony.
Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10-4, Oct.-May; Thurs.-Sat. 7-11 and 4-7, June 1 to mid-June. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.