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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
415-377-4700
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Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in San Mateo
Type: Gardens
Description: Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.
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San Mateo, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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77 reviews 77 reviews
31 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This little garden is a pretty place to stroll through. Don't go out of your way to get there, but if you're in the area looking for a nice walk it's very nice.

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I've been coming here with my son since he was a baby and he was always mesmerized by the koi fish, fountains, plants and walking paths. We especially like to come here during the summer when they do public koi fish feedings. Wonderful garden with a quiet, serene atmosphere!

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Corona, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

It's a garden in the park so it's free. They did a good job with the garden n the koi pond is fun to look at. Small garden but it is relaxing to sit in.

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South San Francisco, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

a great serene spot in downtown San Mateo, you can step and and just relax, forgetting all your cares and worries, watch the Koi and chill out

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San Mateo, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you have small kids, I can't think of a better place to go if you need to spend a few hours. I brought my toddlers here all the time to see the Koi fish swim around and to cruise around the pathways. After spending time here, we had lunch on the grass and went to the main park to... More

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San Mateo, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We rented out the garden for our intimate wedding ceremony and it was perfect! This was the closest I've seen to East Coast foliage since moving to the West Coast. The garden is maintained well and kept clean. Everyone who has seen the photos have commented on how beautiful the colors were.

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