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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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Tucson
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Loved this beautiful place! A wonderful afternoon spent with family here. Very relaxing and peaceful local. The creek is so pretty.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a trip you'd love to add to your trip. I would suggest that if you are looking for flowers, early Spring (and then I'd call ahead to make certain). I have to believe the Fall could also bring a lot of color. Otherwise, it a tranquil spot to wander thru. It is definitely set up as a Traditional... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is definitely worth a stop. The gardens are beautiful and it is so well done. It reminded me a little bit of touring the Emperor's palace In Tokyo. Two hours is enough to enjoy the place. We were there during the week so It was not crowded. It's am easy walk, really it's an easy stroll.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We loved the Anderson Japanese Gardens. $8 per person to get in with $1 off if you have a military ID. Beautiful scenery and relaxing. Coi pond with waterfalls, lots of plants and trees, tea house, guest house, pagodas, benches, etc. If you enjoy nature I would recommend making a stop here. Took about 2 hours to walk through and... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Nice visit, food could have been better. Gardens are beautiful!! Good deal for 5 dollars. Music was pretty good. Probably would have enjoyed music more if I knew the musicians.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

It's a Japanese Garden and is worth a look see. Reasonable entrance fee and worth it for a nice break.

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Loves Park, Illinois
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21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This garden has been voted the #1 Japanese Garden in the nation - right in our own backyard! The place is absolutely beautiful in spring and summer. I have been to the Chicago Botanic Garden which is awesome, but their Japanese garden does NOT even come close to this place. Make it a point to visit - you won't regret... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Especially like the Tuesday night music. You can pack in a picnic but must purchase beverages on site. My (Japanese) wife and kids have volunteered and worked there for years so call me biased. The garden has consistently ranked as one of the best in the United States.

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Huntley, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

You might be surprised by the beauty of this gardens. It is probably the best Japanese Garden in the country. Take your camera. The only downside we found in our last visit was the waters were a little bit murky.

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Hamburg, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The largest authentic Japanese gardens in the US ~ if visiting Rockford, you have to stop there. The gardens are meticulously maintained and extensive. Beautiful in any season, but especially so in spring and fall. Worth the time to visit ~ peaceful and serene. A quiet place in a very loud and noisy world.

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