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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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SUCH A PEACEFUL AREA

Rain or Shine, this place can be so serene...a beautiful place close by and with lots to see and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
LobieKai
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Belmont, California
Rainy day visit

It's a beautiful garden even in a drizzley day. The Zen garden was fine even though the children... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
gfarmer668
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Tallahassee, Florida
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

Rain or Shine, this place can be so serene...a beautiful place close by and with lots to see and do. Right in the Central Park

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LobieKai
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a beautiful garden even in a drizzley day. The Zen garden was fine even though the children were screaming.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank gfarmer668
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What we loved most about our visit here is the serenity that it imparts. It is relaxing and spiritual, a beautiful escape.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Debra-Lynne T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very enjoyable, even when the weather is not quite perfect; a real joy to experience a nature environment.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank SDkid605
Reviewed January 15, 2019

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
Thank BrooklynBob94404
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
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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
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joverg19
April 23, 2017|
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Response from TeaHsu | Reviewed this property |
No, it's free. But pay attention to opening time.
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alchemist405
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
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wetraveled
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!
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