Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix/Ro Ho En

1125 N. Third Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Best Of


  • Tue-Sun 10 am - 4 pm
Situated at the south end of the Margaret T. Hance Park, this three-and-a-half-acre refuge is the perfect place for busy urbanites to slow down and contemplate simple beauties: a 12-foot waterfall, a rocky stream that flows into a koi-filled pond, a shore of carefully selected rocks from Arizona quarries, and stone lanterns and sculptures. Even the garden's official name, Ro Ho En, inspires a poetic mindset. Ro stands for "heron," Himeji's symbolic bird, which references the town's spectacular White Heron Castle; Ho is Japanese for our own mythical winged creature; and En means "garden." There's also an on-site traditional teahouse, perfect for viewing the lovingly manicured scenery.

Related Stories (22)

  • 29 Metro Phoenix Festivals This Fall
    5 months ago by Amy Young

    Whether you want to shop for holiday goods or maneuver your way through spooky corn mazes, there is plenty to do this fall, and something for everyone. Maybe you'd like to check out some intriguing underground films, or see locals d...

  • Phoenix Urban Design Week 2015: Your Guide to This Year's Events
    10 months ago by Evie Carpenter

    Building an entire city would be pretty rad. The one million people who bought the latest city-building video game, Cities: Skylines, in the past month probably agree. If only constructing a perfect metropolis in real life were as s...

  • RadiatePHX
    10 months ago by Glenn BurnSilver

    How often has someone lost a job or project opportunity because they didn’t know the right person? Too often, because for today’s business, it’s safer and easier to work with known entities. So, get in the know at ...

  • 6 Must-See Third Friday Art Shows in Phoenix on March 20
    11 months ago by Lynn Trimble

    We've finally hit the art-meets-weather sweet spot, when temperatures are just right for making the art walk rounds during First and Third Fridays. A whole new crop of shows opens this week, and some cool shows are about to close. S...

Load More Articles


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >