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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
+1 415-377-4700
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A little piece of Japan in the middle of a part of downtown San Mateo

This garden is a little gem right in the middle of downtown San Mateo. It's well maintained and so... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Half Moon Bay, Ca.
Sit and relax

A great place to sit and chill near the restos, shops and offices in San Mateo. Families with young... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Michelle B
via mobile
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Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good37%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“japanese garden” (45 reviews)
“koi fish” (14 reviews)
“central park” (49 reviews)
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Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
+1 415-377-4700
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

This garden is a little gem right in the middle of downtown San Mateo. It's well maintained and so pretty in every season. Have a little Zen in your life stop in or even walk through and it will lift your spirits.

Thank yvonnebutterfly
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

A great place to sit and chill near the restos, shops and offices in San Mateo. Families with young children walking around enjoying the sun.

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 29 September 2017

It was a hot afternoon (by San Mateo standards) so we stopped into this sweet Japanese Garden to cool off. We enjoyed watching photographers take photos of two different wedding parties. A perfect backdrop for them to capture the beauty of their special day.

Thank KrisAnderson60
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Just took a few minutes out of the day to visit this wonderful little spot. It was quiet and peaceful. The pond was filled with large coy fish which we watched swim for a couple of minutes. Would recommend visiting this place while in San...More

Thank walter w
Reviewed 13 September 2017

This free garden is a serene spot admist the sound of running water. Nice for a walking meditation. Interesting Japanese shrines from San mateo's sister city in Japan. The Central Park arboretum and rose garden are near by.

Thank David B
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

It is nicely done, wish it was a bit bigger and could stay open a little longer. Closes at 4,so can't enjoy much since it's very hot during those hours and also kids are at school. There are lots of cat-fish there which kids love...More

Thank puja s
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We visit the Japanese garden on Saturday and was to busy, then we returned on the middle of the week and was perfect, it's small but bright win ZEN Love it,.

Thank sbragayrac
Reviewed 6 September 2017

gercek bir Japon un yasadigi bascenin simdi halka acilmasi. dugun fotograflari icinde harika bir yer. territory belonging once to a Japaneses gardener open now to public. fabulous palce for wedding photos too.

Thank Aydan E
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Since we have been in San Francisco's Japanese Garden and in Portland's Japanese Garden, we decided to visit San Mateo's Japanese Garden. It is MUCH smaller than the other two gardens, but STILL worth a visit.

Thank Lena K
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Quiet, peaceful, relaxing place to visit and take photos. You can spend 15 min. or 2 hrs. Good place to watch the feeding of the Koi. Kids love it.

Thank pegasused2014
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23 April 2017|
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Response from TeaHsu | Reviewed this property |
No, it's free. But pay attention to opening time.
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
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!