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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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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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My mother brought me here to look at the pond with the hundreds of koi fish and I have been blessed to take my own hold to see these same fish swimming for decades in the same... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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San Mateo, California
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San Mateo, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

My mother brought me here to look at the pond with the hundreds of koi fish and I have been blessed to take my own hold to see these same fish swimming for decades in the same beautiful garden. Who knew that koi can live longer than humans! Take about heirloom gardens of living things. Next door to a nursery... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Located within the expansive San Mateo Central Park (which includes tennis courts, open grass areas for family play, a huge rose garden, a train for pre-schoolers and older children's play equipment), this separate Japanese garden is worth a look. Visiting is free, in contrast to Golden Gate Park's Japanese Tea Garden. Strolling past authentic Japanese buildings, a koi pond, and... More 

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Belmont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Located in Central Park in San Mateo, you are transported to the peaceful beauty and tranquility of a Japanese Garden, as if you were in Japan. The grounds are immaculate and the bonsai trees, bushes, trees and koi pond make this a beautiful setting. You can take a very short walk through the garden, crossing over wood bridges, where you... More 

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Burlingame, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

So beautiful, serene but they don't allow dogs, so know in advance. They also have limited hours so do check. Very nice.

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San Mateo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Great place to spend a pristine and peaceful afternoon/evening. But don't know why it is called tea garden though.

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San Mateo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The Japanese garden is the perfect place to relax and quiet gardens away from the stress of modern day life. The Garden is a nice place to meet old friends and have a chat

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Nice quiet place to relax away form the noise of the busy streets of downtown. I also have taken some gorgeous photos of my children here. The Japanese landscape makes for unique photo backdrops.

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

What a great place to visit in the morning or late afternoon. The gardens are in pristine condition and the surroundings are extremely clean. There's a walkway that takes you through the garden that allows for some personal quiet time. Although I enjoy it mostly in the morning or late afternoon, I I do go there at lunch times often.

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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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