Location & Directions

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego

Physical Address
2215 Pan American Road. E,
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 232-2721
Fax: (619) 232-0917
email: jfgsd@niwa.org

Mailing Address
Japanese Friendship Garden
Balboa Park Administration Building
2125 Park Blvd. Ste #2
San Diego, CA 92101


Driving Directions

From north San Diego via CA-163 South

  • Exit 5 South/Park Blvd

  • Left on Park Blvd

  • Left on Presidents Way

  • Second right into parking lot

From north San Diego via I-5 South

  • Exit 10th Street

  • Left on A Street

  • Left on Park Blvd

  • Left on President’s Way

  • Second right into parking lot

From south San Diego via I-5 North

  • Exit 6th Street, turn right

  • Right on El Prado

  • Cross the Cabrillo Bridge

  • Drive past the Organ Pavilion and turn left into the parking lot directly behind it.

Click here for a full map of Balboa Park and more information on parking locations!
*The closest parking lot is the Organ Pavilion Lot located off of President’s Way.

Take the Balboa Park Tram

We encourage visitors to use the free Balboa Park tram. This free service which will take you from parking lots located at Inspiration Point, behind Spreckels Organ Pavilion, east of the Hall of Champions, or in front of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. To get to the Japanese Friendship Garden, ride the tram to the stop next to the Organ Pavilion. Then walk East past the front of the Organ Pavilion to get to the front entrance of the Garden. The tram runs every eight minutes and travels in a loop through the Park.

Click here for more information!

Taking Public Transit

The Metropolitan Transit System buses 3, 7, 120, and Rapid 215 serve stops on the East and West sides of Balboa Park.

To enter from the Park’s West side, take bus Routes 3 or 120 (which travel on 4th and 5th Avenues) to the stop on Laurel Street, and then walk East on Laurel Street, past 6th Avenue to El Prado which goes over the historic Cabrillo Bridge. Then Make a right and walk South on Pan American Rd E. The Japanese Friendship Garden will be just to the left of the Organ Pavilion.

Routes 7 and Rapid 215 operate on Park Boulevard on the Park’s East side and stop both at the stop by the Rose Garden (Route 7) and the San Diego Zoo (Rapid 215 and Route 7). From either stop, cross Park Boulevard and into the Park to El Prado and continue to walk west. Then Make a left and walk South on Pan American Rd E. The Japanese Friendship Garden will be just to the left of the Organ Pavilion.

MTS routes to Balboa Park connect with all MTS Trolley Lines and most other MTS Bus and Rapid Routes. In downtown San Diego, Rapid 215 is an easy connection from Amtrak and COASTER trains at the Santa Fe Depot and the Cruise Ship Terminal. For MTS fare and schedule information visit www.sdmts.com.

Banner Photo Credit: Yasuhiro Fujiki