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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

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Address: Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
Phone Number: +1 415-377-4700
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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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Beauty, Peace, Breathe

It always seems busy and hectic once the day begins. To step aside and quietly feel the inner sense of being, a simple quiet, better yet, silent stroll through the Japanese... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Dildar P
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San Mateo, California
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Millbrae, California
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Decently maintained Japanese garden with fish (I think koi) available. It is not on the scale of Golden Gate park's Japanese Tea Garden, but still pretty good.

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San Mateo, California
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It always seems busy and hectic once the day begins. To step aside and quietly feel the inner sense of being, a simple quiet, better yet, silent stroll through the Japanese Gardens in San Mateo or San Francisco can be such a transporting time.

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Thank Dildar P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

This little spot has been around for decades. Perfect for a quiet slow walk. Meet an old friend. Take a young child to see the Koi. Always an artist or photographer. Great for both. Romantic couples, lunch hour diversions, solitary stroll...all welcome.

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Thank Bill S
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

This is a hidden gem in very peaceful and well manitained community; you do not want to miss it if at all possible!!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

If you need to kill some time, stop in to see the giant koi. The Japanese Garden has a few pretty features, but we enjoyed the greater garden area outside of this part, especially the rose garden.

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Thank Hiho603
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

I went with my parents, and my 3 year old and we had a pleasant time at the garden. My 3 year old enjoyed crossing the bridges over the water features, and spotting the fish. I went on a weekday during the morning and it was pretty quiet. Not as spectacular as the San Francisco Japanese Gardens, but it is... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

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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Thank Eric H
San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 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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