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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

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Address: Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
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+1 415-377-4700
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 16:00

Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high...

Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.

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Beautiful and Serene

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Foster City, California
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Foster City, California
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank ellen650
McKinleyville, California
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336 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
San Mateo, California
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 grove. The Koi fish in the pond are HUGE. The garden is beautiful all year... More 

Thank TeaHsu
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40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
Roseville, California
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 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 Loca_Lisa707
Redwood City, CA
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 5 March 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 through June. Check website for times when fish are fed.

Thank Gary D
San Mateo, California
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 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
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 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
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 February 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
menlo park ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Beautifully maintained gardens & magnificent koi. Very peaceful place in Central Park when not overrun with baby strollers, as paths & bridges are quite narrow. Weekdays are quietest. Winding paths allow various viewpoints. This is well worth the visit.

Thank carol22b

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