Garden Tours

Experience the peace and beauty of Ro Ho En!  Enjoy serene landscapes and unique views at every turn of the path.  Your visit to the garden will be a refreshing and rewarding escape from the busy city.  

 Self-Guided Tours

Enhance your visit with a self-guided tour. You will receive our guided tour map upon paying general admission.  The guided tour map includes information about the gardens history, horticulture, views, and features that are unique to Japanese garden design. Please use it as you stroll through to create your own self-guided tour.

General Admission: 

Garden Hours: 10 a.m - 4 p.m

Days Open: Tuesday - Sunday

*Please recycle the map at the end of your visit if you do not wish to take home as a souvenir. 

Walk-In Tours

Want to take a tour from one of our knowledgeable docents but haven't booked ahead of time? We have Walk-In Tours available each Wednesday & Thursday at 11:00 am and at 1:00 pm for an additional $3.00 to general admission prices (ex. G.A. $10 + $3 Walk-In Tour = $13 total). 

Private Tours

Private tours are available by reservation only, Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Please complete and submit the Private Garden Tour Request Form (Group/Organization) to arrange a tour with one of our knowledgeable docents. Your docent will lead you through the garden, pointing out its many features, interesting history, and answer any questions you may have. A minimum of 7 people is required to book a tour. One month advance notice is required. 


Fee: $12.00 for General, $10.00 for Seniors (age 62+)

School Group Tours​

Japanese Friendship Garden is a great place for school field trips. Take your students on a captivating discovery of Japanese culture, art, gardening, and more. Our experienced docent will lead your students on a wonderful journey at the Japanese Friendship Garden. One month advance notice is required. 

School Tours are available by reservation only, Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Please complete and submit the School Group/Field Trip (Private Garden Tour Request Form) to arrange a tour. 

Fee: $7.00 per student, chaperone, and teachers attending.   

For student groups, we require 1 chaperone for every 15 students (students grade 2+). For student groups of K-1st grade, we require one chaperone for every 10 students.

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour Policies

Please submit a request for a private/school tour at least one month before the requested tour date. The submission of the request form does not guarantee a private/school tour. You will be contacted by the Cultural Programs and Events Coordinator to confirm and finalize the details of your request.

The maximum amount of time allotted for Garden tours is one hour.

The minimum number to book a private tour of the Garden is 7 guests. The maximum number of guests on any tour is 60.

If your group is larger than 15 people, it will be necessary to separate the large group into smaller sub-groups. Please designate groups/chaperones before your arrival to the garden. 

Tours are subject to docent and availability. 

Payment for a private/school tour is due within 30 days of tour confirmation. Self-guided and walk-in tour payments are taken at the time of admission.

Please be aware no outside food or drinks are allowed into the Garden. Water is OK but must be enclosed, i.e., in a water bottle. If guests have sacked lunches or beverages, we ask that they keep it in the busses or personal vehicles. Margaret T. Hance Park is right next door (on the north side) to the Japanese Friendship Garden. Please contact Kristian Riess, City of Phoenix Margaret T. Hance Park Coordinator, via phone at 602-534-2406 or by email at to picnic at the park. 

Cancellation Policy 

To reschedule or cancel your tour, please call our office at 602-274-8700, Tuesday - Friday from 10 am - 4 pm. Tour groups may request to change (including updating group guest count) or cancel their tour date up to 48 hours before the tour (docent availability not guaranteed). Please note that there is a one-time reschedule policy — groups who do not show up to the tour without notification must forfeit their payment and reservation. No refunds are issued for guests that did not show up at the time of the tour, i.e., without 48-hour prior notification. Any extra group guests who show up at the time of the tour must pay with cash or credit card at the Garden's admission window before the tour begins. 

Tour Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at 602-274-8700, Tuesday - Friday from 10 am - 4 pm. 


In order to monitor the health of our koi fish, we have suspended sales of koi food and ask visitors to not bring in outside food for them.  (e.g. bread, crackers, pet store food, etc). Thank you for your understanding.