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Anderson Japanese Gardens

318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
815-229-9390
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Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in Rockford
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner 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, Illinois, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Bring a book and enjoy the serenity. Two large ponds, lots of fun fish, wandering paths, fabulous landscaping! Pack a picnic or try the local fare on Tuesdays for Music in the Gardens. A treasure of Rockford.

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Rockford, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Filled with waterfalls,ponds and exotic varieties of plants, trees, flowers and Japanese architecture, this a national gem not to be missed.

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Rockford, IL
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Visit the gardens for the 1st time since living here and I realized I've been neglecting an incredible, outstanding,breathtaking place.Fall colors were getting started and they were picture perfect.We enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and variety along with the ducks and fishes in the pond.Will be back every year.

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Rockford
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Looking for peace and quiet and leave the troubles of the day behind then Anderson Gardens is where you need to be. A quiet place to refect and enjoy nature that surrounds you. Whether your alone or sharing this experience with family and friends you'll be sure to come away having experienced the calm that Anderson Gardens offers all. Make... More

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Poplar Grove, IL
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Anderson Japanese Gardens is one of those special places that transport you from everyday to the extraordinary. It is many things: a thoughtful and serene Japanese garden; an oasis amidst the everyday life; a tranquil pond and path to encourage peace and meditation; a fun place to learn of Japanese culture and lifestyle. Besides the physical grounds themselves, Anderson Gardens... More

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We had a great time! The brochures are given at the visitor center so you can follow the trails indicated on the map.

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Dodgeville, Wisconsin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Beautifully kept Japanese Gardens. Very informative staff. I understand they host events, however, I have not been there while an event is going on. Highly recommend.

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Port Orange, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This was a superb stop that was visually stunning and peaceful. Very affordable and the staff was friendly.

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

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

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