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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

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Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
+1 415-377-4700
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Lovely little hideaway green space

Enjoyed a leisurely walk through the garden - very nicely kept, shady rest and meditative! Nice way... read more

Reviewed yesterday
GRiegel
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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BEAUTY, PEACE, & SERENITY

The Japanese Garden is beautiful throughout the year. In the late Winter and early Spring the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Larry-Calif
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San Francisco, California
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Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good35%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“japanese garden” (46 reviews)
“central park” (50 reviews)
“tea house” (12 reviews)
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Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
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+1 415-377-4700
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"japanese garden"
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"tea house"
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"koi fish"
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"bamboo grove"
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"free admission"
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"hidden gem"
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"downtown area"
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"serene spot"
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"landscape architect"
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"imperial palace"
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"wedding photos"
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"lovely place to be"
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Reviewed yesterday 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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

truly a wonderful place to visit when in San Mateo. Lovely spot to stroll and enjoy the beautiful suroundings in the middle of the city.

Thank Amy M
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

Great place to walk around and explore your thoughts. Walk around without your headset. Very well maintained.

Thank IamRS
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Reviewed March 11, 2018

A hidden treasure in the Central Park in San Mateo. I love this place and so do my kids. We go multiple times per year. I wish it were my back yard.

Thank IMollyQ
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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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