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Japanese Friendship Garden, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,086 feet
Elevation Gain 12 feet
Accumulated Gain 12 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.56
Interest Perennial Waterfall
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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20  2012-10-20 NatureKopelli
Author NatureKopelli
author avatar Guides 3
Routes 4
Photos 2,708
Trips 165 map ( 692 miles )
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Location Arizona
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Nov → 10 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:40am - 7:29pm
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Restore the mind, body snd spirit
by NatureKopelli

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Ro Ho En is the name given to the Japanese Friendship Garden, a joint project of the City of Phoenix and the sister city Himeji, Japan. Created and constructed by our sister city, it contains several types of garden and water feature designs. The majority of the trail is paved, with a few stone and dirt paths nicely tucked into the landscape. The easily navigable paths encircle a large, irregularly shaped pond with several well-placed waterfall cascades flowing over native Arizona boulders. A favorite spot on the hike is the bridge, where smiles are frequently seen as the Koi come to greet those who walk it's path, crawling and fighting for the best spot, hoping to get a morsel or two tossed in their direction. One may even get to see a duck or two, jump in for a good position! Please check with the gift shop for feeding instructions for these very sacred and special Koi fish.

One can see native plants used in unique ways here, in several different landscape designs. Great care and attention to detail are evident, and frequent use of symbolism can be seen in rock selection and sculpture placement. The practice of Bonsai pruning techniques is showcased throughout, and the visitor has the opportunity to view a small grove of Bamboo as well. This garden's ambiance is quiet and peaceful, a place to walk, stroll or sit, where tranquility is nurtured and cultivated. For those who recharge in quiet snd peaceful surroundings, this is ideal for finding serenity and nourishment for the soul. This is a great location to take friends and family to see beautiful Japanese garden design, outstanding photography opportunities, and the chance to experience Japanese cultural events throughout the year.

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2012-10-18 NatureKopelli
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    Special Use

    2012 General admission: adults=5$, Students, military, seniors, children=4$, under 6yo= free.
    Open weekdays (except Monday) 10am to 3pm, open weekends 10am to 4pm.
    Season runs from October through May.
    Check for current updates

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    Paved - Car Okay

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    1125 North 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, 85003. 602-256-3204 or 602-274-8700.
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