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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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Serenity

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Frank J
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San Mateo, California
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San Mateo, California
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11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 2 days ago NEW

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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Redwood City
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

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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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

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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