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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
+1 415-377-4700
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peaceful and lovely

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

Reviewed 14 March 2018
IamRS
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United States
Lovely garden

A hidden treasure in the Central Park in San Mateo. I love this place and so do my kids. We go... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2018
IMollyQ
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San Francisco, California, USA
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Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good36%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“koi fish” (15 reviews)
“japanese garden” (47 reviews)
“tea house” (13 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
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+1 415-377-4700
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"free admission"
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"hidden gem"
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"plants and trees"
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"serene spot"
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Reviewed 14 March 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 11 March 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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Reviewed 7 March 2018

If you are staing in San Mateo, particularly if you are froma colder climate, this place is peaceful and green

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

It is a pretty and unique Japanese Garden right in downtown San Mateo, easy to get to and very enjoyable to hang out there.

Thank LLSoo
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

This was actually pretty relaxing place to take a little kid and the walk around and look at flowers and plants in the middle of the town and that was pretty cool

Thank Alzor S
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

This garden is a joy for everyone from little children, to quinceañera photographers to people in wheelchairs. In addition to its collection of manicured specimen plants and trees, it offers well-designed sight-lines, little moon bridges, a koi pond, an occasionally-opened tea house, and other little...More

Thank waltersJ1834AF
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

This is a small beautiful garden right in the heart on San Mateo. Lovely place to decompress before heading back to the hustle and bustle.

Thank Sri1805
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

My wife and I have been on multiple occasions. They have relatively short hours but the park is clean and well manicured.

Thank amatt558
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

The San Mateo Japanese Garden is perfect for a quick tranquil walk in the middle of your busy day. It's relaxing and beautiful, the atmosphere removes you from the hustle and bustle. We've been here plenty of times.

Thank M T
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Spot. Ahhhhh the bliss we feel when we come to this park. Our family loves coming here and we have been many times. The Koi fish, the sound of the water, the bridges, the Buddha’s and the magical flowers. There are days we just go...More

Thank MJ B
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joverg19
23 April 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
3 March 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
22 September 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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