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A Living Symbol of Friendship

The Garden was built as a symbol of everlasting friendship between the City of San Jose and its Sister City of Okayama, Japan in 1965 and is patterned after the world famous Korakuen Garden in Okayama. In every direction the eye is delighted, complete with picturesque Japanese bridges, waterfalls and golden Koi fish.

A year-round brook flows the length of the garden, pausing now and again to calm itself in one of several lovely ponds. It is truly an idyllic place to hold a ceremony. The "Living Symbol of Friendship" is available for wedding ceremonies only.

If interested in this site for your ceremony, please contact our wedding coordinator at (408) 794-6505, as reservations are made through appointment only basis.


  • Setting for Ceremony: Shaded Area
  • Seating Capacity: 300 Guests
  • Setting for Pictures: Yes
  • Cost
    • 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      • Residents: $1200 for 4 hours
      • Non-Residents: $1350 for 4 hours
    • 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      • Residents: $1,800 for 4 hours
      • Non-Residents: $2,000 for 4 hours
  • Photo Permits: If reserving a wedding ceremony site, photo permit fees are included in the reservation fee.
  • ADA: Yes
  • Restrooms: Yes
  • Reservations/Information: (408) 794-6505
  • Ceremony Times
    • 10:00am - 12:00pm
    • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Notes on Photos: Photo permits may be required at any City of San Jose Park. For inquiries about photo permits please call the Leininger Center at (408) 794-7275.

Japanese Friendship Garden Regional Park - 2
Japanese Friendship Garden Regional Park - 3

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