Restore the mind, body snd spirit
Ro Ho En is the name given to the Japanese Friendship Garden, which is 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 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 diiferent landscape designs. Great care and attention to detail is 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. The ambience of this garden is quiet and peaceful, a place to walk, stroll or sit, where tranquility is nutured and cultivated. For those who recharge in quiet snd peaceful surroundings, this an ideal place to find serenity and nourishment for the soul. This is a great location to take friends and family to see beautiful Japanese garden design, for outstanding photography opportunities, and the chance to experience Japanese cultural events held throughout the year.
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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.
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