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Anderson Japanese Gardens

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Hidden Gem of Illinois

I've gone twice in the past few years, and each time it is still an amazing sight to see. This is... read more

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Karl K
Chicago, Illinois

What a beautiful place. Many waterfalls, kori fish, seating places, restful gardens and a lovely... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lesley P
South Wales, United Kingdom
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OPEN SEASONALLY MAY 1 - OCTOBER 31: Anderson Japanese Gardens is proud of its longstanding reputation as one of the highest quality Japanese gardens in North America. Our passion, however, is how the Garden positively impacts individuals and the...more
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318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107-1035
+1 815-229-9390
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Reviewed yesterday

I've gone twice in the past few years, and each time it is still an amazing sight to see. This is truly one of the hidden gems of Illinois, and I recommend everyone make the drive to visit it at least once. It is incredibly...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a beautiful place. Many waterfalls, kori fish, seating places, restful gardens and a lovely stroll. You peacefully walk around, following the guide that has been given to you. The gift shop has extensive range of things to buy, but in general I found the...More

Thank Lesley P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very beautiful garden! It is nice to go there on weekend and have lunch in Fresco At the Gardens that is a very good restaurant inside. I recommend this place for visit and lunch!

Thank Mario J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there in the spring and even though it is near downtown Rockford, it was very calm and serene. Didn't even feel like you were near a busy road. Very beautiful.

Thank Carla H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time I've been to Anderson gardens. The whole family went - dad, kids and grandkids. The gardens are beautiful. Koi ponds, waterfalls, incredible vegetation. Great for a long slow stroll.

Thank AllieB27502
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This Japanese Garden is a hidden jewel in Rockford, IL. We love the vibe and energy so much, my husband and I were married there.

Thank mpaluzzi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoy walking the gardens every year. Different season offers variety of colors. Well kept, easy walking paths and plenty of simple but delightful water features. Negative is the traffic noise that takes the serenity out of the place, Also, called their events office (towards...More

Thank klein012016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Every twist and turn brought another delight to the eye. It was breath taking and I can’t wait to visit in the Fall. Beautiful winding paths, waterfalls, ponds, and plants. Plenty of places to meditate and take in all the beauty. Amazing!

Thank Susan S
Reviewed August 20, 2018

I would love to come back in the Springtime when the flowers are blooming. Wonderful use of indigenous plants - they must have a huge staff of gardeners to keep it so pristine. I particularly enjoyed walking around the water features and admiring the huge...More

1  Thank dasco474
Reviewed August 19, 2018

Beautiful walking path amongst a well groomed garden and water. I suspect this area was rural when developed. Now the noise from the highways take away from the peacefulness. Nice eating area that I did not use but it would seat a large group.

Thank Rhonda T
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Marsha C
August 17, 2018|
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Response from AJGRkfd | Property representative |
We do have a Flat Path route that avoids stairs. There is a section in the Pond Strolling Garden that is only accessible by stairs, however. You can see this section from the Flat Path, but will not be able to go up to it... More
Chrissy L
August 11, 2018|
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Response from pacuthbertson | Reviewed this property |
No it can only be walked around. It does cater well for those needing wheelchair access as areas where there are steps are bypassed.
June 28, 2018|
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Response from duohoa | Reviewed this property |
Adult $9.00 Children under 5 year old Free , 62 plus $8.00 , Student $7.00