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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

Address: Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
Phone Number: 415-377-4700
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Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in San Mateo
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.

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Merrillville, Indiana
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153 reviews 153 reviews
115 attraction reviews
262 helpful votes 262 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I was staying nearby and had to see the Japanese Garden. It's small but its peaceful personality makes up for the size. A beautiful crane, buddha, and teahouse are on the grounds. The grounds are immaculate and very scenic. It's a nice, quiet place to reflect and relax. I took a short stroll and enjoyed the many photo opportunties. I... More 

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San Mateo, CA
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13 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The Japanese Garden is worth a stop when in San Mateo. It is not the largest but is expertly maintained and offers a peaceful setting in an urban area. San Mateo's Central Park has been there for more than a hundred years but I am not sure how long the Japanese Gardens have been there, fifty years that I know... More 

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Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

The gardens are nice and peaceful even though they are near roads and pollution. It is calm and relaxing there. It is so beautiful. Must enjoy a quiet evening here

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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Yes it is quite small but it was lovely. It got really crowded when we visited on the weekend with kids running around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The gardens are nice and natureish even though they are near roads and pollution. It is calm and relaxing there. It is so beautiful.

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San Mateo, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This small Japanese garden remains a wonderful oasis in San Mateo's downtown area. The volunteers maintain the trees & bushes beautifully. I always enjoy strolling through the garden when I am in Central Park (the Japanese Garden is located in the park) or on the south side of downtown San Mateo. The garden gets crowded at times because it is... More 

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This park inside the park (San Mateo Central Park) is a spectacular gem. "The Japanese Tea Garden is one of the finest tea gardens in California and was designed by landscape architect, Nagao Sakurai of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo." I think that speaks for itself... a favorite mid-peninsula treasure.

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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

A beautifully maintained garden with an adjacent park, playground, tennis courts in the heart of downtown San Mateo.

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San Mateo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A perfect spot to take kids or a leisurely stroll. I have been bringing my daughter here since she was a tiny thing and still 8 years later she loves it there. Its very peaceful yet fun for kids to look over the bridge at the coi fish. The water has been a bit murky and the fish seem to... More 

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San Francisco, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
33 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is a very beautiful garden with a wonderful layout and walking paths. Great place to people watch or meditate. Gorgeous Koi in a very pretty pond area. No charge to get in and occasionally they have the tea house open.

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