Garden Etiquette

A Japanese garden is a concentration of natural beauty, instilled within the confines of an enclosed space. It is not a "park" in our western sense, but rather where visitors may quietly reflect and seek harmony with the natural world and within themselves, a tradition that is centuries old. The Garden Etiquette outlines ways you can honor and respect the traditions of the Japanese Garden.


  • Please stay on the path at all times.

  • No unauthorized photography (see photography page.)

  • Please do not climb trees, rocks or enter waterfall areas.

  • To maintain the quiet and serenity of the garden, please refrain from using loud voices and shouting. Running is prohibited.

  • Pets, with the exception of service animals, are prohibited in the garden.

  • Please silence all cell phones and other electronic devices.

  • Please leave food and beverages (except water) outside the garden.

  • Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

  • The Japanese Friendship Garden is a non-smoking environment.

  • Please do not throw anything, including coins, into the pond or other watercourse (except purchased koi food).

  • The Japanese Friendship Garden reserves the right to ask a visitor to leave for inappropriate or offensive behavior. Visitors will be held liable for any damage to the Garden property.


The Japanese Friendship Garden is a place of meditation and contemplation, so walk slowly, relax, and enjoy the quiet beauty of the garden.