The Secret Garden Hike In Arizona Will Make You Feel Like You’re In A Fairytale

Sometimes, even things located in the most public of places can be hidden by design. That’s precisely the case with a secret Japanese garden located within a park in Greater Phoenix. This hidden gem opened in 1996 and is an oasis in the heart of a city engaged in commerce. Take a look below and then, the next time you’re in the area, add this to your must-see list.

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The Japanese Friendship Garden is located at

Additional directions from within the Phoenix area: When riding the Light Rail, exit at the Central and Roosevelt stop. The Garden is located on the west side of the rail, 0.3 miles from the station; it is directly behind the Irish Cultural Center (1106 N. Central Ave, Phoenix), just north of Portland Avenue. The Garden entrance is across the parking lot at 1125 N. 3rd Avenue. The Japanese Friendship Garden is open seasonally from October 1st through May 31st.

Address: 125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003, USA