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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Beautiful spot in the middle of the city

Beautiful and quiet. Very well maintained. Visited with my young teenage Grandson and we both... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joyce S
Tranquil little garden in the middle of Central San Mateo

Central Park in San Mateo is a nice oasis away from the hustle/bustle of San Mateo's business... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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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 1 week ago

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

Thank Joyce S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank frtw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Reviewed June 19, 2018

WE come here nearly every weekend. The landscape is amazing and we love looking at the fish and relaxing. And it is totally free!! Best deal around--check it out!

Thank chesterchandler
Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

One of the best locations to take wedding, graduation, or just family photos. It’s so beautiful and well maintained here. Plenty of parking. Check out this place

Thank pbsuchikul
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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!