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The San Mateo Japanese Garden

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Address: Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA
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Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high...

Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.

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place to relax in a big city

Good to be in a relaxing atmosphere without spend thousands of dollars going to the Orient. Peace and quiet with beautiful oriental buildings, flower and greenery gardening... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good to be in a relaxing atmosphere without spend thousands of dollars going to the Orient. Peace and quiet with beautiful oriental buildings, flower and greenery gardening. What and where can you find such a place in and so close to San Francisco?

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Small, but very enjoyable. The coy fish pond is great and very relaxing. I enjoy a visit every time I am near the park.

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menlo park ca
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautifully maintained gardens & magnificent koi. Very peaceful place in Central Park when not overrun with baby strollers, as paths & bridges are quite narrow. Weekdays are quietest. Winding paths allow various viewpoints. This is well worth the visit.

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Lakewood, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has become more beautiful over the years. The fish bigger than I recall even. This was a very pleasant hour time spent there. Many photos opportunities, even in the winter.

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Thank Shelley H
SF Bay Area
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great spot to unwind and relax in downtown San Mateo. It's located inside Central Park. It's a serene and tranquil location that features a fish pond with Asian inspired decor and foliage.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Nice garden inside San Mateo's Central Park. Visited on a weekday, no crowds at all. Very quiet and peaceful, well kept. The only thing we didn't see was a public fish feeding, which they don't do during the winter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Small beautiful place, my bf and l enjoyed this little garden alot, is quiet and definetly leave you with a sence of pece.

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

This garden is about the size of a city block, I would say. The plants are mature and varied and well, tended. The pond is large and crescent-shaped, with very large, colorful koi and two bridges. There is a tea house and another, more rustic shelter. My four year old son loves this garden's winding paths, waterfall and stream, and... More 

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Foster City, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The Japanese Garden is tucked away in Central Park in downtown San Mateo. It is very cute but small. Not something you could make a day of and the tea house does not serve food - in fact it isn't even open for viewing. I think it is just a facade. However, the gardens are pretty but I wish there... More 

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Askim, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

I in the center a the city San Mateo, Central Park, you will find this nice Japanese garden. The garden has a very good layout with walk paths around the koi ponds. If you come at the right time you can watch feeding of the fish. The koi fish is big and in a lot of different colors. You will... More 

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