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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

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Address: Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
Phone Number: 415-377-4700
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Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high...

Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.

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Relaxing afternoon

Great place to grab lunch, sit in the garden and watch the koi fish. Great for families and romantic strolls

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Hillsborough, California
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Hillsborough, California
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place to grab lunch, sit in the garden and watch the koi fish. Great for families and romantic strolls

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San Mateo, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is so magical and beautiful. my first time going to the Japanese gardens was not planed, but once I set foot I realized that I was in paradise. The flowers are so colorful, bright and beautiful. The greenery and the pop of color makes it visually gorgeous. i wish my back yard looked as beautiful. Pure heaven!

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Thank TimohyBoatswain1962
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

It's a good getaway to relax for a few minutes or go read a book. It's right in the middle of San Mateo and easy to access. If you have kids they will enjoy the koi fish or walking around. You can't bring strollers in but there is an area to park them.

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Thank Max C
Mountain View, CA
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

This is a very well-maintained and truly beautiful Japanese garden. It is hidden in Central Park, San Mateo. Well worth a visit if you are in the area as a tourist. As a local, this is a great place to meditate or just have some quiet times.

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lpolinsky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

The gardens are beautiful. We also saw morning Tai Qi and perhaps some other types of group exercise happening. We walked through with out baby, easy to navigate with a stroller, and the larger park has plenty of activities for kids of all ages. We were there early on a weekday - lots of babies playing & nannies chatting. All... More 

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Los Altos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

San Mateo has a lot of Japanese heritage, they have lived there since 1906 and have important ties to the area. Just blocks away are fab Raman restaurants and Sushi places. Maybe 30!

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San Mateo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

It's a lovely little garden in the heart of San Mateo. It tends to get crowded, and it closes earlier than the rest of Central Park. But overall, it's worth a stroll.

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Thank craftyphd
Burlingame, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Lucky are those who live close to this paradise garden. This place has been a part of my life as long as I can remember whether it was a solo visit just to enhance a meditative ability or just simply bring my children since the time they could walk so they too may appreciate peace in its moments. There is... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

What a beautiful garden! Full of roses and trees! There's a big fountain right in the middle and it's surrounded by bushes with flowers. People just come there to lie down and relax in the shade of the trees.

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Thank MsBehavi0r
Burlingame, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Beautiful garden near down town San Mateo. The garden is well cared for and quite unique. Parking is ample, and San Mateo has some of the best weather on the peninsula. This is an easy strol, and self guided. Take your time and enjoy.

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