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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

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The quickest way to see Japan.

This is a great place to meditate...and appreciate a Japanese oasis ... right in the middle of San... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
San Mateo, California
Lovely and relaxing

When one needs some alone time this is the place to go. Also, I take my grandchildren here and... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Marian L
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Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.
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Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
+1 415-377-4700
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great place to meditate...and appreciate a Japanese oasis ... right in the middle of San Mateo!!! You and your family can enjoy the tranquility of the area while watching the beautiful koi fish swim around the pond that winds around and through...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

When one needs some alone time this is the place to go. Also, I take my grandchildren here and they have a lot of fun learning about the plants and trees.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Marian L
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Beautiful and quiet. Very well maintained. Visited with my young teenage Grandson and we both enjoyed the beauty.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Joyce S
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Central Park in San Mateo is a nice oasis away from the hustle/bustle of San Mateo's business district - and the rest of the peninsula. It's nice to go for a little stroll there and the Japanese Garden is one of the best aspects of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank frtw
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

What a nice little serene space to enjoy. It’s not big but it is nice. It’s located inside of San Mateo Central Park. A nice place to come and walk around and sit for a bit to relax and get some zen time.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank princessjax29
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a leisurely walk through the garden - very nicely kept, shady rest and meditative! Nice way to get “away” for a little break from the world

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank GRiegel
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

The Japanese Garden is beautiful throughout the year. In the late Winter and early Spring the cherry blossoms are in bloom. The easy level walkways, large pond filled with many colorful koi, teahouse, pagoda, gazebo, shrine, artistic landscaping & lantern sculptures throughout the garden makes...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Larry-Calif
Reviewed July 10, 2018

this is a beautiful place to see. It is right in town, and it's within walking distance if you're in downtown San Mateo and feel up to going for a walk. beautiful plants and flowers

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Tiare P
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Great place to visit for pictures and for a walk. It is very nice. Great restaurants in the area for after

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank randolphc129
Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

Took our 6 yr old granddaughter here. She loved the koi, bridges and Japanese lanterns. Park is very small, so exlpoed it all, including lingering at several spots, in just 30 minutes. Parking is available for 50 cents an hour under the tennis courts that...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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April 23, 2017|
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Response from TeaHsu | Reviewed this property |
No, it's free. But pay attention to opening time.
March 3, 2017|
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Response from KellyGram | Reviewed this property |
This park is located on El Camino Real, between 5th and 9th Aves. The Japanese Garden is located inside the park, directly behind (south) of the tennis courts on 5th. You can park under the tennis courts and take the south... More
September 22, 2016|
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Response from Bill S | Reviewed this property |
Didn't see this until another question was recently posed. Above answers are accurate. To paraphrase an old line... No service...but you can go shirtless and shoeless!