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Anderson Japanese Gardens

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Address: 318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
Phone Number: 815-229-9390
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as...

This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well as the other buildings, sculptures and strolling paths.

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Breakfast at Anderson Japanese Garden

Beautiful today with first snow on the garden! We enjoyed the glorious view as we ate a wonderful breakfast. Very peaceful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Janice K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful today with first snow on the garden! We enjoyed the glorious view as we ate a wonderful breakfast. Very peaceful.

Thank Janice K
New Lenox, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Years ago we visited the gardens just before fall colors. We thought the next time we come it would be during the fall colors season. We were not disappointed this time when we went. The gardens were beautiful with the fall colors. If you need a bite to eat, I would recommend eating at the restaurant at the Gardens called... More 

Thank cwillini
Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although it was closing day for the 2015 season, our family still enjoyed the autumnal beauty of the gardens. Just wish more paths were open to the public including the walkway up to the bridge over the waterfalls and various other trails closed for renovation. Hope to return this spring and view the gardens in their budding glory.

Thank bichlovr
South Beloit, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The gardens are so beautiful can't believe this is in the middle of Rockford wow and the restaurant there is fantastic Frescos it's called phenomenal food and service top notch!!

Thank kerryinc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Diane and I were together much of our childhood. Now we cross paths again and she leads us to this beautiful garden. What happy memories we will have in this new chapter.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Rockford, Illinois
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Anderson Japanese Gardens is internationally recognized by its peers as one of the best in North America, and it never disappoints. Added to the beauty and tranquility is the summer music live music festival with delicious local foods and drinks. And now there is a breakfast and lunch café run by one of Rockford's best Italian eateries. From May through... More 

Thank Michael S
Coal City, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Good location and reasonable admission fee. Well laid out and easy to navigate, photographers dream and water displays are beautiful. The trees & leaves are especially beautiful in the fall. It offers a sense of serenity and calming.

Thank DianeCD
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

A beautiful and simply mesmerizing place. It was our first visit to the Japanese garden and was a wonderful experience for my husband and me. Very peaceful and one can enjoy the amazing landscaping and craftsmanship in this garden. It's open from May to October and has lovely trees, ponds, waterfall and bridges. Very picturesque in short a paradise for... More 

Thank PayalC18
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Just an absolutely beautiful and generous display of artistry.The most perfect fall day to stroll and enjoy.

Thank Jonna Z
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This is a beautiful Japanese garden, just north of downtown Rockford. Beautiful trees, shrubs, a Japanese tea garden, ponds -- just a beautiful place to relax and meditate. And so close to the city...

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