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Address: Off Senter Road between Keyes and Phelan, San Jose, CA 95112
Phone Number: 408-287-2290
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This well-maintained park covers six acres of manicured landscape,...

This well-maintained park covers six acres of manicured landscape, waterfalls, bridges and bonzai plants.

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very beautiful garden

Its very beautiful garden. very well maintained. You can see lot of greenery & small fountains/ water bodies. Good for couple of hours. very near to happy hollow zoo. So one... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Ajay h
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its very beautiful garden. very well maintained. You can see lot of greenery & small fountains/ water bodies. Good for couple of hours. very near to happy hollow zoo. So one can plan visit to these 2 places in a single day.

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Seattle, Washington
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to a lot of Japanese gardens in my day. In fact, I kind of seek them out. Maybe it's the zen thing but I also like the manicured, planned, and subtle approach to horticulture that they exemplify. San Jose's garden, which was was built in 1965 and occupies a 5.5 acre tract of Kelley Park, is a beautiful... More 

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Rockledge, Florida
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

In the heart of San JOse sits this little slice of paradise. It's quiet, charming, relaxing, beautiful. Great place for wedding pics or a little picnic.

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Thank KiJiKing
San Jose, California
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18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a Japanese Garden area, so you are there to roam the area, stop and enjoy the views, the ponds, and reflect. It is well maintained, with places to sit and enjoy your surroundings.

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Thank Diane H
San Jose, California
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22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Pros- 1) very beautifully designed landscape, lots of ponds, with ducks, fishes, and some other birds.kids will love it. 2) very good spot for photography 3) well maintained, very artistic very peaceful place for all ages 4) no entry fee 5) situated in kelly park, which has good picnic spaces under trees, with coal bbq grills Cons 1) 10$ parking... More 

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San Diego, California
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Very nice, scenic and tranquil place to visit. I met a friend here nd really enjoyed the walk through this area.

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Thank CAMusicMom
West Sussex, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

A delightful walk through grass and trees, past pools and ponds. A little hilly in places (if that kind of thing is relevant to you), but a great place to collect your thoughts.

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Thank Linker3000
Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Just my type of spot, good for photos, taking in a bit of nature, relaxing. It was maybe a half hour visit at most, but it was a nice break during a long road trip.

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Thank Carmen R
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

I had my wedding ceremony here in July 2013. Pros: Stunning background- I did very minimal decorations of colored paper lanterns and parasols, but you don't need much. Half of the park is blocked off for your event. There's a good amount of shade from some large trees. Fairly inexpensive. Cons: This space can only be used for a ceramony... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Great place for a break, on a business trip to the valley, a good long walk - with some great photo opportunitys

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