Japanese Friendship Garden 2215 Pan American Road East • San Diego • CA 92101


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Upcoming Events

The Dream of Niwa: Wedding Expo will take place at this venue on Sunday, November 12, 2023, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm.

Newly engaged couples, family, and wedding enthusiasts will have the opportunity to attend the 2023 Wedding Expo. Tour the 12-acre garden and gather inspiration for your dream event. Both sides of the Inamori Pavilion will be set up as mock reception spaces. Décor including drapery, tablescapes, and a floral arch will be on display to help you envision what your event could be at JFGM. Each ticket includes sampling from caterers, dancing and music with a live DJ, access to meet bridal industry experts and more. This is a special occasion you won't want to miss! The first 50 guests receive a complimentary drink from Snake Oil Cocktail Co.


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Minimonies are available Monday–Thursday for $3,670 for up to 40 guests. Rentals run 2 hours, including setup and cleanup, and include a ceremony at the Koi Pond, Ceremonial Gate, Earth Bridge, Courtyard, or Kannon Botasu area.
Available during non-public hours, with an exception of the Kannon Bosatu area. March and holidays have a holiday fee. Please contact the venue for more details.

Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $5,400/event and up
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Event duration
  • Upper Garden | 200 guests | $900–1,400/hour rental
    Lower Garden | 150 guests | $1,100–1,700/hour rental (includes limited private parking)

    There is a 6-hour minimum for all Friday–Sunday events. Both venues include use of a dressing room with 6+ hour event.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 0 200
Cocktails, etc. Standing 300 300
Reception Seated 200 200
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 200.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Small Wedding
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


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Preferred list

Caterers must be selected from the venue's required list.



Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Garden
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Unique
  • Non-Profit
  • Museum

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Garden
  • Lagoon / Pond
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Waterfall


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