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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, Outdoors
Owner description: Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Yes it is quite small but it was lovely. It got really crowded when we visited on the weekend with kids running around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The gardens are nice and natureish even though they are near roads and pollution. It is calm and relaxing there. It is so beautiful.

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San Mateo, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This small Japanese garden remains a wonderful oasis in San Mateo's downtown area. The volunteers maintain the trees & bushes beautifully. I always enjoy strolling through the garden when I am in Central Park (the Japanese Garden is located in the park) or on the south side of downtown San Mateo. The garden gets crowded at times because it is... More 

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San Mateo, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
33 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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