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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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Princeton, TX
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a very beautiful garden and a wonderful way to spend a leisurely stroll. I have been to the Japanese Gardens in Portland, Oregon which was designed and built by the same man. Those gardens are older and therefore more elaborate but it you can't make it to Portland then for sure you will be happy you visited the... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL is a very peaceful and tranquil place to visit, and to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. It's calming, and the trees and bushes help cool the area down. Live music can be heard there during the spring and fall. A gem in Rockford, Illinois, this award winning garden is worth... More

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DeWitt, Michigan
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We visited the garden on the morning of Labor Day. Rain was threatening, so we had the garden mostly to ourselves. What a treat! We have visited several Japanese gardens in the United States and elsewhere and this is surely the best. It is quite large, but very well maintained. Scenes in all directions and at all levels are beautiful.

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Durand, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I attended an appreciation dinner from one of our service suppliers. The meal unique and well prepared. The facilities were exceptional. The after dinner walk through the garden was a real treat.

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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a wondeful place to spend a few hours to enjoy and relax. It is a perfect place to bring out of town guests.

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Brookfield, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This is an outstanding venue and Mr. Anderson has my enduring appreciation for making his private creation available for the world to savor! Spending time here is so relaxing and peaceful. There are not many more places that are as contemplative as these gardens. Note that this is not a "flower" type garden. But as a true Japanese garden, the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

A must see place when your in the Rockford area. I took my whole family last month ages 2 years old to 18 years old and everybody had a good time. It is about 12 acre of award winning landscapes. It is so calm and tranquil over there. My favorite area is the "Garden of Reflection" beetle traps hang over... More

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Stillman Valley, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The garden is so pretty! We enjoyed the ponds and the plants. Great place to take pictures. This is a quiet place, so children need to keep it down in order to allow others to enjoy the space. My ad/hd kids were able to understand and the keep it down for about an hour. We love it!

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

nice place to visit. would recommend checking out the music in the park on tues evenings. you can enjoy the music while you walk around. its small but VERY well manicured.

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Dekalb
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I was quite pleasantly surprised with Anderson's Japanese Garden. From the moment I walked into the gift shop I felt comfortable. You can't take food or drinks other then water into the garden so we ate our lunch on their patio which was nice. We had a lot planned for this day trip and our stop at the gardens proved... More

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