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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

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Address: Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
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+1 415-377-4700
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Serene spot inside Central Park

This is a great spot to unwind and relax in downtown San Mateo. It's located inside Central Park. It's a serene and tranquil location that features a fish pond with Asian... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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SF Bay Area
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great spot to unwind and relax in downtown San Mateo. It's located inside Central Park. It's a serene and tranquil location that features a fish pond with Asian inspired decor and foliage.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice garden inside San Mateo's Central Park. Visited on a weekday, no crowds at all. Very quiet and peaceful, well kept. The only thing we didn't see was a public fish feeding, which they don't do during the winter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small beautiful place, my bf and l enjoyed this little garden alot, is quiet and definetly leave you with a sence of pece.

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

This garden is about the size of a city block, I would say. The plants are mature and varied and well, tended. The pond is large and crescent-shaped, with very large, colorful koi and two bridges. There is a tea house and another, more rustic shelter. My four year old son loves this garden's winding paths, waterfall and stream, and... More 

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Foster City, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

The Japanese Garden is tucked away in Central Park in downtown San Mateo. It is very cute but small. Not something you could make a day of and the tea house does not serve food - in fact it isn't even open for viewing. I think it is just a facade. However, the gardens are pretty but I wish there... More 

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Askim, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

I in the center a the city San Mateo, Central Park, you will find this nice Japanese garden. The garden has a very good layout with walk paths around the koi ponds. If you come at the right time you can watch feeding of the fish. The koi fish is big and in a lot of different colors. You will... More 

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Millbrae, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

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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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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