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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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Hours:
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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Lovely Respite!

Visited the gardens on our way to Madison from Chicago. We always enjoy Japanese gardens and have visited many over the years. While these are not the largest or most... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Kitchener
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Visited the gardens on our way to Madison from Chicago. We always enjoy Japanese gardens and have visited many over the years. While these are not the largest or most expensively designed -- they are an excellent example of garden landscaping. All of the key elements one expects from Japanese gardens are there and in a very natural setting. We... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

After living in Japan, for over a year and a half , it was a real surprise to see a garden of this caliber in the United States. This is a must stop for anyone visiting Rockford.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Serene place to spend about an hour or two. Well-tended with lots of nooks to rest and view the surroundings. I would have given this higher rating but have been to Portland Japanese Garden which is much better. Interestingly, the designer of this garden was a former director of the Portland Garden.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This was rate done of the top attractions in the Rockford area and I can see why. The gardens are beautifully constructed with varied areas to walk through, structures to visit and ponds with huge koi fish. Ages ranged from 25-65 and we all had such a lovely time. Make sure you bring your camera, because there are so many... More 

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Miyazaki
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I lived in Japan for two years, and being at the Anderson gardens is the closest I can get to being back there. These gardens are just stunning and have been rated among the top Japanese gardens in the country. I see something new every time I go. Check out their programming; I am currently doing a tea ceremony class... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is such a beautiful place. Quiet restful just perfect. The only thing they need is an outlet that sells water as once you are in the gardens you don't want to leave to walk back to the store for something cool to drink.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

What an awesome place to reflect and enjoy the surroundings. I could stay there for hours and enjoy the peace and quiet. Will def. go back there.

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New Berlin, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

A dear friend and I visited on a hot and muggy Friday. It was a wonderfully relaxing way to relax and enjoy each others company, while enjoying the beauty and peace nature offers us. We enjoyed baby ducks and baby turtles along the way, as well as beautiful Koi fish. One was a bright yellow, which I don't recall seeing... More 

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

These gardens are slice of heaven!! Heads up, this is not a park for children to run, play, and yell. It is a well groomed landscape that has lush foliage, water, and unique features such as the Tea House, the bamboo fountain, and angel sculpture. I visited in the summer. I would love to see this in the fall.

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Phoenix, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

College friends from Illinois and Iowa met for a lovely afternoon here. We started with tea and lunch in the restaurant and then meandered through the lovely gardens. Perfect spot and perfect day!

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Additional Information about Anderson Japanese Gardens

Address: 318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
Phone Number: 815-229-9390
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rockford
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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