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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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Meticulous and peaceful

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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San Mateo, California
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San Mateo, California
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188 reviews 188 reviews
64 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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61 reviews 61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Japanese Tea Garden in the San Mateo Central park has much to offer. It is hard to imagine that such a peaceful place exists in a busy, busy downtown area. Take a few minutes to relax and enjoy this wonderful garden.

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Merrillville, Indiana
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272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I was staying nearby and had to see the Japanese Garden. It's small but its peaceful personality makes up for the size. A beautiful crane, buddha, and teahouse are on the grounds. The grounds are immaculate and very scenic. It's a nice, quiet place to reflect and relax. I took a short stroll and enjoyed the many photo opportunties. I... More 

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San Mateo, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The Japanese Garden is worth a stop when in San Mateo. It is not the largest but is expertly maintained and offers a peaceful setting in an urban area. San Mateo's Central Park has been there for more than a hundred years but I am not sure how long the Japanese Gardens have been there, fifty years that I know... More 

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Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The gardens are nice and peaceful even though they are near roads and pollution. It is calm and relaxing there. It is so beautiful. Must enjoy a quiet evening here

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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

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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