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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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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: 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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A paradise right in the middle of town!

The Japanese Gardens in San Mateo is quite charming. First parking can seem to be a bit difficult for the out of towner, as the huge Central Park, in which the Japanese Gardens is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Atascadero, California
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Atascadero, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Japanese Gardens in San Mateo is quite charming. First parking can seem to be a bit difficult for the out of towner, as the huge Central Park, in which the Japanese Gardens is contained, can be quite busy. That said, park under the tennis courts on East 5th. If you miss it the first time, just lap the block... More 

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The garden is serene and quiet, a lovely place to walk or meditate. I have gone there many times to watercolor or watch the brilliantly colored coi.

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Love this garden. So pretty. So well kept. Very clean. Very calming. I went here with some relatives and they loved it

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

It is so peaceful and beautiful here! You should definitely try to watch the coi feeding if possible.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is a beautiful garden in the middle of San Mateo's Central Park. Seems like a weird place for a Japanese garden, but it's really nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

This place is so peaceful. We walked through the tea garden then the rose garden. I saw a lot of people with children as well so it looked like that would be fun too.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We went to the very nice San Mateo Japanese Gardens which is in Central Park. We parked in the underground parking garage for the park ($1.00 for 2 hours so reasonable price given its location downtown). We enjoyed going to the gardens. Its fairly level so makes for easy walking, There are nice ponds with koi fish. Its peaceful to... More 

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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Small peaceful and wonderful. Great for small kids too, fun for them to walk over the small bridges and enjoy the flowers and beautiful plants. Located right in Central Park.

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Foster City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Lovely place to stroll or meditate. Quiet and calming Japanese Garden with interesting historical notes on structures therein.

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This has always been my go-to area if I need to have quiet time and space. Lovely garden with koi pond. I especially like coming for fall colors. Well maintained and wheel-chair accessible. Highly recommend.

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Additional Information about The San Mateo Japanese Garden

Address: Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
Phone Number: 415-377-4700
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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