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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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Peace and Quiet in the heart of San Mateo

It is located in San Mateo's Central Park. I tended to frequent it on weekdays. It has all the... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2017
Beautiful and Serene

Lovely place to be taken away to another world for a few quiet moments. Easy to find in Central... read more

Reviewed April 17, 2017
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Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good37%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“koi fish” (14 reviews)
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Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
+1 415-377-4700
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Reviewed May 16, 2017

It is located in San Mateo's Central Park. I tended to frequent it on weekdays. It has all the characteristic of a typical Japanese Garden. It is a lovely place to find some peace and quiet in the heart of town.

Thank Tennisbums
Reviewed April 17, 2017

Lovely place to be taken away to another world for a few quiet moments. Easy to find in Central Park San Mateo.

Thank ellen650
Reviewed April 5, 2017

We went to this area specifically to see this garden and were not disappointed. Though small in acreage, every inch is carefully manicured to get the most out of this beautiful oasis in the middle of town. Very peaceful, pleasant and clean --

Thank Mary V
Reviewed March 30, 2017

Many people don't know this little hidden treasure in San Mateo. It is inside of San Mateo's mini "Central Park". It was designed by landscape architect, Nagao Sakurai of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo, and features a granite pagoda, tea house, koi pond and bamboo...More

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Reviewed March 22, 2017

Very well maintained and enjoyed by people of all nationalities. Reminds me of Japan. Don't miss it but remember it closes at 4pm.

Thank Mjchand
Reviewed March 7, 2017 via mobile

It's pretty small, but worth a stop if your in the area. A large pond, tons of koi and plenty of opportunities for beautiful pictures. Entrance is free and there is lots of parking in the area.

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed March 4, 2017

This garden is special. San Mateo's Japanese cultural influence is experienced no where better than the beautiful Japanese Garden. The plant and fish pond are expertly maintained. Japanese maples, azaleas, camellias are some of the stars of the garden. Best months to visit are April...More

Thank Gary D
Reviewed February 27, 2017

In the midst of a bustling suburbia there is a quiet a peaceful respite in the middle of San Mateo Central Park. With its nicely manicured bonsai and peaceful koi pond it's a great place to come and meditate. Free of charge!

Thank squidman212travel
Reviewed February 14, 2017

Good to be in a relaxing atmosphere without spend thousands of dollars going to the Orient. Peace and quiet with beautiful oriental buildings, flower and greenery gardening. What and where can you find such a place in and so close to San Francisco?

Thank aj2007hkid
Reviewed February 14, 2017

Small, but very enjoyable. The coy fish pond is great and very relaxing. I enjoy a visit every time I am near the park.

Thank Victorio D
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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!