Photography Rental Guidelines 

**During our busier months for wedding and for general admission we will not be offering photo shoot reservations on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Photo Shoots must be reserved with fourteen business days advance notice.  Payment and the agreement form are due at the time of reservation. A JFG staff member must be scheduled and will supervise all activities at all times. 

The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden, Inc. is to maintain a beautiful, serene Japanese garden in the heart of Phoenix and provide educational and artistic programs and events that continue to deepen our relationships and celebrate the rich history and culture of Japan.


The garden is extremely unique to the valley. There is nowhere else in the Phoenix Metro area with the same landscaping, water, and architectural features.


If you are visiting the Garden with the intent of using the garden as a backdrop for an amateur, professional, special occasion, or posed photography session you may not enter as a general admission visitor. You must reserve a photo shoot, pay the fee, and sign an agreement in advance.


Posed photography is defined as any photographer (amateur or professional) that gathers individuals or a group together for a photo and/or poses individuals for Wedding, Engagement, Family/Kid Pictures, Portraits, Graduation/Senior Pictures, Fashion, Athletic, Business, Product Endorsement, Prom, Quinceañera, Maternity, Head-shots, Website Use/Blog Posts, Student Projects, etc.

Please click here to review our Garden's Photo Policy



Photo shoots may be scheduled to take place before, during or after general operation hours depending on availability. 

During the Summer Season (now until end of September), photoshoots must be booked outside of operating hours on Monday-Thursday from 6-8pm.

The fee for a reservation to take photos within the garden is $300/hour. The fee includes a garden attendant present, and up to 10 people free of admission.

The garden currently does not allow any photoshoots or any other special events during general admission strolling hours; and all standard garden etiquette apply during the shoot. Payment and signed contract need to be completed to confirm reservations and must be done at least a week in advance of preferred date.

On the day of your shoot, a staff member will be assigned to meet you at the front of the garden.  They will go over garden rules and supervise the shoot at all times.


Commercial Photography & Filming

Commercial is defined as any photography, videography or filming, such as for a magazine, news organization or other major or minor production company, in the Garden for distribution purposes.  The following are but not limited to, considered by the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix to be commercial: advertisements, calendars, catalogs, guidebooks, magazines, editorial, fashion, music, promotional, website use, television broadcast.


The cost for a completely private rental of the entire garden is $1,100.00 for 1 hour and increases by $200.00 for each additional hour. Staff will be assigned to you and will be present to unlock the garden so you may gain access. 


Questions and Booking

Questions and Booking

Have questions or are ready to book your photoshoot session in the Garden? Please contact our Rental Department during the hours of:


Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 3 pm. by calling 602 274-8700 ext.103 or emailing

Photo Shoot Policies

  • Photo Shoots must be reserved with fourteen business days advance notice.  Payment and agreement for are due at time of reservation.

  • Photographers must check in with the garden staff member assigned before they begin their photography session and check out when they leave.

  • Photographers and models may take photographs outside the path, but may not climb trees, stand in the water, or alter the Garden's landscape (e.g. moving rocks, breaking branches, etc).

  • The use of photography equipment is allowed, but props (e.g. chairs, free-standing elements) are subject to approval by the Japanese Friendship Garden staff.

  • Use of images for commercial, advertising, or promotional purposes requires to be booked and approved by the garden. 

  • All uses of images in print, web, broadcast, or any other public medium require the location credit

  • All Garden Etiquette applies.

  • No drones during operation hours. 

  • The Garden reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of any photo activity in the Garden and may choose to discontinue the activity of any individual or group if the Garden Etiquette and Photography Policies are not being observed.

  • Please click here to review our Garden's Photo Policy.