Vision for the Expansion

The essence of a Japanese-style garden is the arrangement of stones, water, plants and trees within a specific location designed to create a balanced composition for meditation, enjoyment and enrichment. In response to the dramatic configurations of the Japanese Friendship Garden site, Professor Takeo Uesugi has combined these basic elements and the climatic differences to include numerous viewing areas and strolling pathways.

The first phase of the Garden site of two acres was opened in 1991 and the second phase completed in 1999.

 The full eleven acres has been completely integrated in the Master Plan Design by Professor Takeo Uesugi. 

The expansion will include a traditional tea house, a pavilion for three hundred patrons, outdoor amphitheatre and meandering paths that are handicap accessible. As part of the "living" museum the new landscape will consist of a tea and herb garden, a cherry tree grove, a camillia and azaela garden as well as a waterfall and streams. Through our growth, we will continue our efforts in promoting environmental and cultural awareness. 

This completed Garden will be a major cultural addition to Balboa Park, incorporating the highest principles, values, and traditions of the art of the Japanese garden.



 Phases of the Expansion

Phase 1 -Rough Grading,Underground Utilities, Irrigation 6 months

Phase 2-Walkways, Perimeter Fencing, gates, Pavilion, Amphitheatere 12–15months

Phase 3-Water Features and Maintenance Building 6 – 8 months
Phase 4-Buildings – Traditional Tea House, Garden Workshop 6 – 8 months
Phase 5-Gardens, Site Furnishings, Lighting, Signage 6 – 8 months

 Total: 36 – 45 months*

 * If constructed in separate phases. Simultaneous phase construction would result in a shorter completion time.