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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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Rockford, IL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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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Lambertville
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

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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Rockford, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

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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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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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I lived in the area for 11 years and never knew this place existed! It is a little tricky to get into due to traffic but it is worth the effort. One of the most beautiful things we have ever seen.

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Princeton, TX
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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76 reviews 76 reviews
29 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Sara H, Manager at Anderson Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

We are glad you were able to enjoy your visit to us recently. We hope to see you in the Gardens again soon. More

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