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Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix/Ro Ho En

Map & Directions 1125 N. Third Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • Tue-Sun 10 am - 4 pm


Phoenix New Times' Description

Situated at the south end of the Margaret T. Hance Park, this three-and-a-half-acre refuge is the perfect place for busy urbanites to slow down and contemplate simple beauties: a 12-foot waterfall, a rocky stream that flows into a koi-filled pond, a shore of carefully selected rocks from Arizona quarries, and stone lanterns and sculptures. Even the garden's official name, Ro Ho En, inspires a poetic mindset. Ro stands for "heron," Himeji's symbolic bird, which references the town's spectacular White Heron Castle; Ho is Japanese for our own mythical winged creature; and En means "garden." There's also an on-site traditional teahouse, perfect for viewing the lovingly manicured scenery.

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  • on 05/06/09

    Sakura, the Japanese word for "cherry blossom," holds an extremely important cultural significance in Japanese culture. Each spring, the sakura trees begin blooming in the southwest reaches of Japan and steadily move toward the northeast. During this time, it's popular for natives and tourists alike to buy a bottle of sake and partake in viewing the blooms before they vanish for... More >>

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  • Bla1ze on 05/05/13

    Make sure you get some food to feed the ducks and Koi.

  • Ryan Neal C. on 11/25/12

    They offer a student discount! Bring your ID when you visit! And be sure to ask about feeding the Koi!

  • Wen M. on 05/14/10

    Great place to relax with the sound of running water and to dip back into childhood by feeding the koi

  • Danielle on 04/20/14

    An in town getaway....worth it. Bring your lunch or a good read and chillax

  • Summer W. on 03/23/14

    Amazing lil oasis hidden ....

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