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Anderson Japanese Gardens

318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
815-229-9390
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Rockford
Type: Gardens
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: 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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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Certainly among the best examples of Japanese garden design outside of Japan. The landscape architect, Hoichi Kurisu, is celebrated for his Japanese designs, and rightly so. This garden is photogenic from one end to the other. Some feel that enjoying it while other people are enjoying it is best. I would prefer the peace of the garden when quiet, with... More

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Sara H, Manager at Anderson Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

We are glad to hear you were able to enjoy the gardens and hope to see you again soon! More

Rockford, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Thought that Autumn would be a wonderful time to visit the gardens and take photos. Just beautiful & relaxing, many spots to sit & meditate or relax. One of the most authentic Japanese Gardens in the United States! Large Koi pond, authentic guest house, tea house and waterfall. They also host many authentic Japanese events, tea ceremonies, music, bonsai, etc.... More

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Sara H, Manager at Anderson Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us and we hope to see you at a cultural event soon! More

Montgomery, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
30 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Gardens are beautiful and well kept, great place to stroll around and take a few pictures. Not really a good place to take kids as I think they would get bored, except to feed the koi, everyone loves to do that. Great place for a Sunday afternoon.

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We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us and were able to feed the koi! We hope to see you again soon! More

Holly Springs
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Here in Rockford on business and the locals recommended this place. I managed to get scolded by a tour guide for going on an unmarked trail and then she proceeded to give me a personal tour and learned how this amazing Anderson clan developed these beautiful gardens. A must see !

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Sara H, Manager at Anderson Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

We are glad you were able to stop by and that you were able to learn about the history of our garden. We hope you are able to visit us again soon! More

illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Anderson Gardens is a must see if you are in Rockford. It is beautiful and tranquil. Purchase food to feed the koi. Once you are inside you forget about being in the city and are transformed to a beautiful location with ponds and a waterfall. There are places to sit relax and take in its beauty. It is a place... More

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Sara H, Manager at Anderson Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

We are so glad to hear your experience matched your expectations! The garden is beautiful with the colors and we are glad you could enjoy it! More

Rosce IL
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is a jewel in Rockford IL - the best Japanese Garden in Midwest - its just an awesome place to see & explore !

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Sara H, Manager at Anderson Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

We are so glad to hear your visit exceeded your expectations! We hope to see you again next season! More

Rockford, IL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous, peaceful place to relax and be amazed at the perfection of a Japanese garden. Kids will love the hiking up to the waterfall and the lake with beautiful hungry koi begging for fish food from the gift shop.

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Sara H, Manager at Anderson Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your recent visit with us. Feeding the koi is one of the most popular activities and our koi love it! We hope to see you in the Gardens again soon. More

Lambertville
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Beautiful location and a perfect place for a wedding. Although it rained for a bit, the day cleared and everyone wandered the gardens after the wedding.

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Sara H, Manager at Anderson Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your recent visit and wedding in the garden. Our fall colors offer the perfect compliment to wedding ceremonies. We hope to see you in the gardens again soon! More

Rockford, Illinois, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Does not look like much from the road but Wow what a wonderful place to visit. Beautifully maintained. Very peaceful. Everything labeled well. Great parking and gift shop. My daughter loved feeding the coy fish. Best in class Japanese garden.

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Sara H, Manager at Anderson Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your recent visit with us. We hope to see you in the Gardens again soon! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My wife and I recently visited the gardens for our one year anniversary and loved it! So beautiful and serene. We went to an origami class taught by Keiko and had a lot of fun learning. Would recommend to couples of all ages!

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Sara H, Manager at Anderson Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

We are so glad you were able to enjoy our Origami class. We invite you to check out our other classes as well! We hope to see you in the gardens again soon. More

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