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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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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 and Serenity

I go to the Japanese garden in Central Park, San Mateo to take in the view, do some walking exercise and meditate.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Cherry R
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San Mateo, California
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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376 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a good Japanese garden, but just not 'very good'. Nice to walk around, but lacking many of the beatiful aspects of a 'real' Japanese garden. There was an interesting public meeting place just outside, full of south east Asian ex-pats when I visited.

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San Mateo, California
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I go to the Japanese garden in Central Park, San Mateo to take in the view, do some walking exercise and meditate.

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Thank Cherry R
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60 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, the garden is inside the central park. The map on tripadvisor seems wrong. It got the spirit of east asian garden -- twisted and packed. It is a little too small, that I finished it in 10min.

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Thank Ling R
San Mateo, California
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19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Indeed a solemn place to have your wedding! My sister got married here last April 2016. I'm always here at the Japanese Garden for my daily dose of tranquility and last April first time I saw it as a wedding venue! It was so perfect for my sister wedding! It was was a very intimate feeling for my family and... More 

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Thank BamVenus
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have gone there there quite often over the years, and it never gets old. It doesn't take long to walk the way through the garden. Its also free to get in and great for children.

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Thank Joy B
San Mateo, CA
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The biggest bonus in going to the SM Japanese Garden is that you can feed the fish at 11 a.m. and at 4 p.m. (for free, no less) everyday. So if you have a little one, this is a really fun activity and there are several spots to feed the fish so it's not overly crowded and impossible. I also... More 

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San Leandro, California
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

This small and beautiful garden is situated in the downtown area. You would drive through shops and residential buildings first. It's hidden behind Central Park. You have to walk about a block before you see the entrance. Admission is free but you you would have to go there during their short hours of operation. It's better to go there during... More 

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Burlingame, California
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Very nice, peaceful, tranquil, and well maintained. Unique just for what it is... A nice little get away spot, to visit, meditate, zen-out. Try it.

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Thank HotelCaliforniaDays
San Mateo, California
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Nice little Japanese garden. Great for strolling any time, any day of the week. This garden is in the Central Park of San Mateo which also has a fantastic swing area for kids.

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Thank josidg
San Mateo, California
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

A lovely, restful place to visit within a great park adjacent to San Mateo's downtown. Beautiful landscape and many koi fish to observe in the pond. I live nearby & visit often.

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