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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

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Address: Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
Phone Number: 415-377-4700
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Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high...

Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.

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Within Centrall Park of San Mateo

the japanese garden is within the central park of San Mateo. The Japanese gardean is souranded by central park, senior center, tennis courts, baseball diamond, a rose garden... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Princeton, New Jersey
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Princeton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the japanese garden is within the central park of San Mateo. The Japanese gardean is souranded by central park, senior center, tennis courts, baseball diamond, a rose garden, picnic grove, botanical garden and right next to downtown San Mateo. This park has koa pond, well trimed landscape, pagoda, pathway, The garden is not big. But! the pathway is designed in... More 

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This small Japanese garden is a wonderful place to wander through and soak in the beautifully laid out landscapes. Trees, plants, water, fish, fountain, rocks, statues, and pagoda all combine for a lovely stroll and a relaxing atmosphere. I have visited several times and have not found the garden crowded. Note: you can not bring food into the gardens--but some... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Japanese Garden is located in San Mateo Central Park and is a peaceful getaway. It is fairly small but has some lovely features like a granite pagoda, tea house, koi pond, bridge, and bamboo grove. You can catch koi feedings at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the spring and summer. During November through February fish... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Japanese garden at San Mateo is small . And cute . And so immediately you relate to it being Japanese . U feel it is bonsai of a garden . We visited it last month on our trip to frisco on a morning where we had time to kill before heading for 17 mile drive . Nice small place if... More 

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

Great place for a bit of meditation or a Wedding, I'm lucky enough to be able to walk there from home,

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Redwood Shores
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

It's a beautiful park, and a nice place to take photos. My daughter's high school graduation picture was taken there!

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Thank tmcRedwoodShores
Redwood City
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

expected so much but there is nothing. It was a small size part that you find everywhere. The best thing here is fishes.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

I was new to area and happened upon these gardens while investigating the park. It was a very relaxing walk, with beutiful maintained garden. no fee for entry and i thought it was just as nice as a garden as the one in the city.

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San Carlos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Feeding fish is an excellent time to visit to see the excitement in the eyes of old and young people.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

This is a charming but small Japanese Garden is the focal point of lovely San Mateo city park. Worth a visit if you are in the park, but hard to get to since it closes at 4:00 pm. Also, not pet friendly- so if you are waling your pups (which I do every day in the San Mateo city park),... More 

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