Photo Credit: Diane Tjerrild



Come tour the peace and beauty of Shinzen and the Clark Bonsai Collection. With landscape views at every turn of the path, your stroll along the walkways is a pleasant and rewarding experience. Discovering the art of bonsai through the notable Clark Bonsai Collection and the sculptures created is a gift to your senses.

Shinzen is a place for exploration, learning, reflection, serenity and renewal. During your visit, please be respectful of the grounds and of other visitors who are enjoying the beauty and peacefulness of the Garden.

• Please stay on the paths provided.

• Enjoy the use of benches and seating areas throughout the Garden.

• Help preserve the Garden: do not climb on rocks, trees or shrubs. Do not collect plants, pick fruit or feed the wildlife.

• To retain the quiet and serenity, do not shout or play loud music. No running.

• Service animals are permitted. No pets allowed.

• Use of bikes and skateboards are prohibited.

• Active sports, including roller blading, Frisbee, fishing, swimming and ball playing are prohibited.

• Do not play or wade in the streams, waterfalls and ponds.

• Please disposes of trash in receptacles provided.


Self-Guided Tours

To enhance your experience, a self-guided map is available to explain the landscape, design of our North American Japanese Garden and highlight the special features and architectural elements throughout the five acres of Shinzen Friendship Garden.

The map is free to visitors.  Please recycle the map at the end of your tour if you do not wish to take it home as a souvenir.

Docent Led Tours

Docent led tours are by Reservation Only and by docent availability. Advance notice of one week is required. Shinzen Gate Entry fees are included in tour cost. There is a $5 Woodward Park Entry/Parking fee payable as you enter the main park.

Private Group Tours

Private group tours will take place during public and non-public hours. Tours are typically 45 minutes to 1 hour in length.

School Tours

The Shinzen Friendship Garden is a great place for school group tours. Take your students on a discovery of Japanese art, culture, and garden design where they will learn about the history of Japanese gardens in North America and see the garden as a “living museum”.

Schedule Your Tour

To schedule your tour, please complete the information below to help us plan for your guided visit. We will contact you as soon as we can confirm availability of your chosen date and time. Once your date and time are confirmed, we will send you an invoice through PayPal.


Under 4 yrs Free

4 – 14 yrs $1

15 yrs - Adult $5

Seniors 62+ $1

Students $1

Family(2-5 people) $7

10 People Minimum/Tour

*Please note: Woodward Park entry/parking

fee per car: $5; $3 for seniors; $7 on holidays


Docent Led Tour:

Adults:  $5 per person

Children (3 +):  $3 per person

Note: Shinzen Gate Entry fees are

included in tour cost.

There is a $5 Woodward Park Entry/Parking fee payable as you enter the main park.

School Tours:

$3 per participant (student and adult).  Minimum Cost $40.

* During normal garden hours of operation.

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 16178, Fresno, CA 93755-6178

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