I can’t remember the first time I heard about Phoenix’s Japanese Friendship Garden. One thing I can tell you, though, is that far too much time elapsed between me finding out about it and actually going. David and I finally ventured there not too long ago, though, and I was even more impressed than I thought I’d be!
Despite it being located right in downtown Phoenix, the Japanese Friendship Garden felt like a quiet sanctuary away from the busy world. I also appreciated all of the thought that went into the garden’s design. It’s meant to be a place to relax, meditate (however you choose to do so) and just take a break from the go-go-go of everyday life. If you’re visiting town or a longtime resident, it’s definitely worth the humble admission fee of $5 to enter.