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Anderson Japanese Gardens

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Address: 318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
Phone Number: 815-229-9390
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well...

This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well as the other buildings, sculptures and strolling paths.

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Peaceful Retreat..

Beautiful gardens right in the middle of a neighborhood. Well planned and maintained. A glimpse into Japenese living and structures. Plenty of benches tucked in to relax and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
christina b
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful gardens right in the middle of a neighborhood. Well planned and maintained. A glimpse into Japenese living and structures. Plenty of benches tucked in to relax and meditate. Fish and ducks to feed for the kids. We did expect more exotic plants but nice variety of native plants. Water features were my favorite. Chipmunks everywhere. I could have stayed... More 

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Niles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Love;y, tranquil gardens make for an delightful and easy walk. Tranquil areas , a tea house, and water basins fill the acreage. Everything is meticulously maintained. Thee is a lovely visitors center with a small gift shop and a wonderful restaurant with green and organic foods. A great place for lunch after your walk through the Garden.

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Odessa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to visit the Anderson Japanese Gardens, a twelve-acre landscape comprised of winding pathways, a raked gravel garden, meandering streams, koi-filled ponds and plunging waterfalls. It was so beautiful & peaceful. It is extremely well-kept. There were many gardeners who gave great advice about the different plants, etc. There was a folk singer there from 10-11 A.M.

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Davenport, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This garden is beautifully planned and maintained, a real surprise in Rockford. There is water everywhere, and lots of koi and ducks.

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Woodbridge
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent Japanese Garden that is much larger than expected. The Ponds, waterfall and waterways were awesome. Very tranquil and very soothing. They did it right. A must see in the Rockford area.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens are not overflowing with flowers but many beautiful water features and little nooks and peaceful spots make it a lovely visit. We were sad to not be able to eat in the restaurant due to a private event there.

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North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quiet, charming, relaxing. All understatements! My wife took me kicking and screaming and I was the one not wanting to leave. So peaceful in the middle of hustle and bustle. Remarkable!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After traveling for a week and visiting family, we visited the gardens on our way home. We visited on a Friday and it was not busy, it is kept meticulous by the gardeners and every area was beautiful. Buy the food for the Koi fish in the pond, they are all so colorful and that is the best way to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The grounds are a lovely quiet place that can quickly feel overcrowded. We went on a holiday weekend and had to dodge people on the narrow paths. It is interesting and different. I didn't get a peaceful vibe since there were lots of people around. It's a nice spot to visit if you have time but not a "must do".

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Valparaiso, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This garden is an annual re-visit for us and never fails to impress. Continual improvements and additions to the well laid out landscape keep repeated visits fresh and inspiring. Though its a bit of a roadtrip for us, its always high on our list of what to do when the weather teckons us outdoors.

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