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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
415-377-4700
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in San Mateo
Type: Gardens
Description: Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.
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Corona, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

It's a garden in the park so it's free. They did a good job with the garden n the koi pond is fun to look at. Small garden but it is relaxing to sit in.

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South San Francisco, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

a great serene spot in downtown San Mateo, you can step and and just relax, forgetting all your cares and worries, watch the Koi and chill out

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San Mateo, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you have small kids, I can't think of a better place to go if you need to spend a few hours. I brought my toddlers here all the time to see the Koi fish swim around and to cruise around the pathways. After spending time here, we had lunch on the grass and went to the main park to... More

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San Mateo, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We rented out the garden for our intimate wedding ceremony and it was perfect! This was the closest I've seen to East Coast foliage since moving to the West Coast. The garden is maintained well and kept clean. Everyone who has seen the photos have commented on how beautiful the colors were.

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Central Point, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This is an excellent garden. I have been to Japan and this garden holds up to the famous creations of Kyoto. It is small, but packed with great flavor.

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Martinez, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

This is a small, modest Japanese Garden. There is metered on street parking and a parking structure. Easily found, located on El Camino at Fifth Street within San Mateo's Central Park. Central Park has other attractions including a playground, picnic grove, a small green house/arboretum, Rose garden and more. If you like to stroll, budget two hours - more if... More

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Beautiful tea garden with a pagoda from San Mateo's sister city. Well-kept plants and trees, koi pond and a tea house. No tea seems to be served there as there are no food or drinks allowed. Free admission and adjacent parking structure. My brother who has lived in Japan says it is very authentic. It makes for an enjoyable visit.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Best Japanese park I've visited in the us so far. They even have a tea house and a pagoda. The design is great, compact but refreshing. Great place for kids as well.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

americans and their time invested into japan as a nominal profit school children respects government

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San Mateo, California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
8 attraction reviews
273 helpful votes 273 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This is a lovely place, especially for us Japanese Americans. This garden is very well maintained, various types of maples, pines, camellias, etc. so that you can enjoy here season by season. Large beautiful koi (carps) are in the pond but please don’t feed or scare them.

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