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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
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well...
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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World-class Japanese Garden and so much more....

Best kept secret in Northern Illinois! A world-class Japanese garden and event site. Many classes and programs available for all ages. We treat every out-of-town guest to a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Rockford, IL
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Rockford, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Best kept secret in Northern Illinois! A world-class Japanese garden and event site. Many classes and programs available for all ages. We treat every out-of-town guest to a garden tour. Tuesday evening concerts where vendors sell food and wine and the community gathers on the lawn with picnic baskets, while listening to wonderful music - all for $5.00! A "must-do"... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Very beautiful place , my kids loved feeding the fish and trying for the first time Japanese sodas . I highly recommend it for anyone .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The details of the whole garden take on the zen and flow of the most peaceful place you could imagine. Unbelievable calm in the middle of the bustle of the traffic . This place will bring you to a calm you never knew you could have . Darrin

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Plano
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a hidden gem in the city of Rockford. You don't expect to see what you see given the small scale of the gardens but it is beautifully done. Well worth visiting!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

My friends and I went over the weekend due to a summer festival hosted here. There were tea ceremonies (which we attended) sake tastings (we attended that ) as well as other performers like drummers. Even without the festival going on, the gardens are beautiful to walk through with Koi ponds and waterfalls.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. Get your zen on in the Anderson Japanese gardens. Walk through fast or make a day of it, one is never disappointed. Lovely grounds and foilage. A great place to read, reflect, draw and visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Real Japanese gardens in the Midwest! I went last fall towards the end of the season and things weren't at their best, but the place was still amazing. I have visited Japan and seen some amazing gardens, and Anderson does a great job replicating authentic gardens here in the US. It's not the same scale as some of the gardens... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Truly exceptional, a great place to see in Rockford. Great photographic opportunities. I imagine this location is even more spectacular during autumn when the leaves are changing colors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful places in the Rockford area. You can spend a couple of hours relaxing as you stroll the paths enjoying the scenery.

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

One of the finest gardens of its kind in the USA. Must see. You will be enchanted, relaxed and calmed. More than you ever expected. Don't let "Japanese" frighten you.

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