Private Events at the Japanese Friendship Garden

From intimate wedding ceremonies to elegant receptions, the Japanese Friendship Garden is the perfect setting for any celebration! Tucked away in the heart of San Diego's historic Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden is a truly beautiful venue. The lush trees and tall bamboo provide a uniquely intimate and unforgettable venue for weddings, private parties, corporate receptions, proms, and more. The Japanese Friendship garden features winding pathways and authentic Japanese garden features, including koi ponds, waterfalls, bonsai, cherry trees and wisteria arbors. The site is divided into two primary sections, each with distinct areas to create beautiful settings for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions.


Want Venue Information?

Contact: Christina Zakimi, Event & Marketing Coordinator
Phone: (619) 232-2780
Email: private-events@niwa.org

Interested in reserving one of our beautiful venues?  Fill out the provided form and we will contact you!

For more information, download a copy of our Private Event Brochure!


The Garden's Venues

Photo Credit: Tangerine Tree Photography

Photo Credit: Tangerine Tree Photography

Filled with luscious green scenery, the Upper Garden is a unique setting for an outdoor event under the starry night sky.

 
Photo Credit: Jeff Durkin

Photo Credit: Jeff Durkin

Our impressive Lower Garden brings the benefits of the indoors and combines it with a gorgeous outdoor space.


A Few Things That Make the Garden Stand Out

Photo Credit: Tangerine Tree Photography

Photo Credit: Tangerine Tree Photography

We allow pets to take part in your ceremony! Your fur baby doesn't have to be left out of the celebration!
 

Photo Credit: Heidi-O-Photo

Photo Credit: Heidi-O-Photo

We're really flexible on alcohol you can even purchase and supply it yourself. All we require is to have it served by a licensed and insured vendor, and you're all set.  Adding a bar service from one our caterers is the easiest way to go.

Photo Credit: Yasuhiro Fujiki

Photo Credit: Yasuhiro Fujiki

The party doesn't have to stop until the clock strikes midnight! While many other venues close up shop much earlier, we like to party here at the JFG!

Photo Credit: Holly Ireland

Photo Credit: Holly Ireland

Did we mention we're located in the heart of historic Balboa Park? In addition to the beautiful garden venue there are even more beautiful places to take photos just outside our front door!

Photo Credit: Acqua Photography

Photo Credit: Acqua Photography

Live Bands and DJ's are totally acceptable here at the Garden and they're a great addition to any party!
 

Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers

Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers

There's so much natural beauty all around you here at the Garden, there's not much decorating needed. Just add a something nice on your tablescapes and a few accents here and there and you have a gorgeous atmosphere!


Catering Partners

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Preferred Vendors

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Banner Photo Credit: Acqua Photography