Thank you for your interest in visiting the Japanese Friendship Garden.

We look forward to groups enjoying our garden via a self-guided tour or a docent-led tour.

Guests will learn about the history of the Japanese Friendship Garden, as well as Japanese gardening principles and techniques.

Please read the policies outlined below prior to submitting a private tour request.

If you have any questions or concerns,
please feel free to contact Alexis Abille (Visitor Engagement and Education Coordinator) via email: docents@niwa.org or via phone: (619) 232-2722 ext. 1511


Japanese Friendship Garden Tour Policies

Please submit a request at least four weeks prior to the requested tour date.

We do not offer tours on the second Wednesday of any month nor on the third Tuesday of any month.

Maximum number of guests on any tour is 60.

Tours are subject to docent availability.

Please note: a non-refundable private tour fee of $10 for every 15 guests will be charged.

Garden Arrival

• Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of your tour. If your group is larger than 15 people, it will be necessary to separate the large group into smaller sub-groups. Please designate groups/chaperones prior to your arrival to the garden.

School Chaperones

• For student groups, we require 1 chaperone for every 15 students (students grade 2+); student groups of TK-1st grade, we require one chaperone for every 10 students.

Cancellation Policy

• Out of consideration for our volunteers and staff, a minimum cancellation notice of 24 hours is required. Please contact the Visitor Engagement & Education Coordinator at docents@niwa.org as soon as possible.