Balboa Park Japanese Friendship Garden
San Diego’s Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park offers spiritual solace for weddings within close proximity to Downtown San Diego. It features a ceremony site next to a Koi pond, authentic architecture, Zen garden, lots of greenery and an open-air reception site. This is a relaxing environment for smaller garden weddings with views of the surrounding canyons.
Weddings at Japanese Friendship Garden
There are two ceremony sites for weddings at the Japanese Friendship Garden, the Koi Pond and the Ceremonial Gate. The wedding site at Koi Pond is actually a deck. The Ceremonial Gate is more open and photographs well with its authentic architecture. The Exhibit House overlooking the Zen Rock garden is a really nice staging area for wedding ceremonies at Koi Pond.
Receptions at Japanese Friendship Garden
The Ceremonial Plaza is the main wedding reception site that is wonderful if you’re looking for a San Diego outdoor wedding venue. It is especially good for photography because of the round, overhead lights and if you have clear skies and a sunset. To see wedding photos from here, view wedding photos from The Koi Pond and the Ceremonial Plaza.