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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
+1 415-377-4700
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Not huge, but worth a visit if you live on the peninsula

My wife and I have been on multiple occasions. They have relatively short hours but the park is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
amatt558
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San Mateo, California
Serenity

The San Mateo Japanese Garden is perfect for a quick tranquil walk in the middle of your busy day... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
M T
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San Mateo, California
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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)
“central park” (49 reviews)
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Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

when in doubt, go and have a picnic and you decide! See what you think .... not to mention the WWII fallen heroes memorial, quite a story.

Thank Msmaddy S
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

Wonderful place to sit and meditate, or just watch the koi. If you're in the area, make sure you check it out.

Thank ChilMili
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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

I have gone many times to look and walk around Very close to my home The gardens are well kept and look so nice

Thank O7270YSrichardr
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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
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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
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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 Kris A
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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
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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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