In the center of Downtown Phoenix lies a slice of Japan. Designed in conjunction with one of Phoenix’s sister cities, Himeji, Japan, the Japanese Friendship Garden, also known as Ro Ho En, was built to honor the partnership between the two cities and promote peace and meditative living in the Valley of the Sun. Choose hotels near Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix and spend as much time in this sanctuary as you can.
Since 1987, more than 50 architects have traveled from Japan to Arizona to ensure the park is authentic as possible and offers a true piece of the Japanese Garden Experience. To help preserve the park and provide a peaceful atmosphere, food, drinks, and pets are not allowed on park grounds.
Japanese Friendship Garden Attractions
Features of the park include 3.5 acres of landscape paths and gardens, complete with a koi pond and feeding area. More than 1,500 tons of rock and other materials were harvested from nearby quarries to form the footpaths, bridges, and other monuments throughout the park.
The more than 50 different plants, including multiple types of bamboo, were chosen by Japanese designers to provide an authentic experience while withstanding the harsh desert climate of Phoenix for an exceptional experience any time of year. To make the most of your visit, be sure to grab a self-guided tour pamphlet before you enter the park.
Events at Japanese Friendship Park
As one of the most popular events at Japanese Friendship Park, public tea ceremonies are held on select days each month. Held throughout the day, these limited capacity events are a great way to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and relieve stress. Private parties for larger groups are available upon request.
The park is also home to a variety of festivals and events throughout the year. From live performances by Japanese musicians to moon viewings, yoga and meditation sessions, there is something to enjoy nearly any time of year. Many popular festivals line up with traditional Japanese holidays and observations to provide a glimpse into a culture centuries old.
Getting to Japanese Friendship Park from Nearby Hotels
The park is located over Deck Park Tunnel on Interstate 10, adjacent to Margaret T. Hance Park. Light rail and bus services at Roosevelt/Central Avenue Station provide easy access to the park just one-third of a mile away. If you’re staying in hotels near Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix, free shuttle service might be available as well.
Attractions Near Japanese Friendship Park
Ro Ho En is part of a complex of parks in the area. A network of walking paths connect all the parks of offer easy access without the hassle of finding parking for each location. Options include Margaret T. Hance Park and Hance Dog Park. Other attractions at the park include the Phoenix Trolley Museum, the Irish Cultural Center, and Great Arizona Puppet Theater.
A short drive from the park offers attractions to suit nearly any taste. Professional sports and music are available a few minutes south at US Airways Center and Chase Field. Arts and culture options are available at the Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, and Phoenix Theatre, just five minutes north. A further five minutes offers the shopping and dining of Biltmore Fashion Park Shopping Center. All of this is close to hotels near Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix, so you’ll be in your room resting up in no time.