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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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Coi Feeding!

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW 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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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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Meridian, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Beautiful Japanese oasis in the middle of the city. Took a casual stroll through the garden with my husband, very romantic. Lots of photo opportunities.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

It is hard to believe you can find this place within a park. Just from the look outside on the busy streets filled with many eateries, one can't imagine that you can get a glimpse of such serene peacefulness within the area. It's so beautifully kept with the waterfall and bonsai trees around.

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This small garden a three minute walk from the downtown San Mateo district is a study in quiet loveliness. Take the time to walk slowly through it and experience it from many angles. Watch the shadow of a perfectly trimmed flowering shrub play over the pond and the fish swimming just below the surface. Look at the juxtaposition of the... More 

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Additional Information about The San Mateo Japanese Garden

Address: 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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