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Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web
Travel back in time to the 13th-century style Anderson Japanese Gardens, complete winding paths that link pagodas to waterfalls and bridges. You will see numerous flowers and trees including Japanese maples, cloud pines, azaleas, magnolias, and rhododendrons, and various species of colorful fish, minks, and ducks. You can take a guided tour if you have eight or more guests, or do a self-guided walk of the gardens. While strolling through the gardens, look for statues of angels created by a Swedish sculptor Carl Milles who worked during the 19th and 20th centuries. Get garden ornaments and Japanese candies from the gift shop. Plan to visit Anderson Japanese Gardens during your Rockford vacation using our convenient Rockford trip itinerary planner.
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  • A beautiful and famous garden which surprises everyone as it if the most praised Japanese garden in the USA. I've visited Kyoto Japan's gardens and I can attest the the world class honors attributed t...  read more »
  • The trees and plants were so colorful and pretty, the place was busy but still tranquil, the buildings were well preserved and a lady who worked there told us all about the Japanese house. The waterfa...  read more »
  • Health food menu and juice bar does not accommodate everyone's palate. I was very disappointed that I could not enjoy lunch with colleagues. 
  • We were there last Friday. Fresco's was great! The food was great as was the service. I had lunch which was a salad and Tom had breakfast - scrambled eggs. The gardens were beautiful and the docents were extremely helpful.
  • Beautiful park. Even though the weather was hot we enjoyed our visit. Our kids loved feeding the koi fish. The old tea house and guest house were beautiful to look in. Most of the paths were flat and well maintained. Some of the paths were marked as handicapped accessible. There was a wedding about the start when we were leaving. What a beautiful venue for it. There is a nice gift shop and a small restaurant on property. We will return in the fall when it is cooler and the leaves are changing on the trees.
  • Amazing garden! It has a large pond with Koi (that you can feed) and waterfall. This place is well maintained and well designed. During one of the festival they had Taiko drumming, food, martial arts demonstration, tea ceremony performance (paid), rock carving, and bamboo fence making. This place is very large and lots to look at. Plan to spends 2-3 hours looking around.
  • A beautiful garden that is wonderfully modeled after authentic Japanese designs. Long paths offer an afternoon of casual reflection on the space in a shaded and serene setting. Heart for groups, families, or alone. The restaurant inside also offers an amazing view of the Garden, with delicious options.
  • These gardens are absolutely fantastic! I love coming here for a nice walk on a warm summers day. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous.
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