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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
+1 415-377-4700
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Beautiful for all

WE come here nearly every weekend. The landscape is amazing and we love looking at the fish and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
chesterchandler
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San Mateo
Beautiful

One of the best locations to take wedding, graduation, or just family photos. It’s so beautiful and... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
pbsuchikul
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San Mateo, California
via mobile
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Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good36%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“japanese garden” (47 reviews)
“koi fish” (15 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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"japanese garden"
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"koi fish"
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"tea house"
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"central park"
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"bamboo grove"
in 4 reviews
"free admission"
in 4 reviews
"hidden gem"
in 9 reviews
"downtown area"
in 3 reviews
"plants and trees"
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"serene spot"
in 3 reviews
"landscape architect"
in 4 reviews
"imperial palace"
in 4 reviews
"take photos"
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"wedding photos"
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"short hours"
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"lovely place to be"
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"community center"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

WE come here nearly every weekend. The landscape is amazing and we love looking at the fish and relaxing. And it is totally free!! Best deal around--check it out!

Thank chesterchandler
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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

One of the best locations to take wedding, graduation, or just family photos. It’s so beautiful and well maintained here. Plenty of parking. Check out this place

Thank pbsuchikul
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Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

truly a wonderful place to visit when in San Mateo. Lovely spot to stroll and enjoy the beautiful suroundings in the middle of the city.

Thank Amy M
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Reviewed March 14, 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 March 11, 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 March 7, 2018

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

1  Thank acrftr
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Reviewed March 4, 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 March 4, 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 March 3, 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

1  Thank waltersJ1834AF
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Reviewed March 3, 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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joverg19
April 23, 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
March 3, 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
September 22, 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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