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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
+1 415-377-4700
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Interesting little Garden with fish

This is a nice little walk through garden if you are in the area. Children seem to enjoy the bridge... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Burlingame, California
Great Place for a Wedding

In California, anybody (and I do mean anybody) can be licensed for a day to perform a wedding... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
San Mateo, CA
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Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good36%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“koi pond” (13 reviews)
“tea house” (11 reviews)
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Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
+1 415-377-4700
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice little walk through garden if you are in the area. Children seem to enjoy the bridge and seeing the fish. It's well kept and adjacent to a large park behind the small building; rest rooms are available during the day outside...More

Thank Mae415
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In California, anybody (and I do mean anybody) can be licensed for a day to perform a wedding. Several years ago, some friends of my daughter asked me todo exactly that. So, after they got the necessary permit, I performed the ceremony. I've been asked...More

Thank Caliber01
Reviewed 16 May 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 17 April 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 5 April 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 30 March 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

2  Thank TeaHsu
Reviewed 22 March 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 7 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
Reviewed 4 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...More

Thank Gary D
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
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
is there an entrance fee?
23 April 2017|
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Response from TeaHsu | Reviewed this property |
No, it's free. But pay attention to opening time.
Does the park have an address? Or at least cross streets so I can find it? Thanks!
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
Do you offer an afternoon tea?
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!