Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford

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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. Arrange to visit Anderson Japanese Gardens and other attractions in Rockford using our Rockford online trip itinerary planner .
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  • So peaceful! We loved it. Quiet and calm. Great fresh food items in their restaurant. We want to return soon.  more »
  • The gardens are a beautiful place to walk around or even hold a wedding ceremony at. I highly recommend visiting at least once!  more »
  • Pictures can't justify this place, you need to see it in person. Would also highly recommending having breakfast or lunch (both are outstanding) at the restaurant, Fresco at the Gardens.  more »
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  • Really nice location. I visited this place in the fall and the location is amazing. It's much bigger than I thought it would be and took me more than hour to go around this garden. There are a lot of place to relax and enjoy the view along with several locations to take nice picture.
  • The gardens are beautiful in every season. For winter viewing go to the cafe or attend a tea ceremony. The summer festival is so much fun, with entertainers. And it's lovely and peaceful when there aren't events. This is worth the drive from Chicago.
  • Great place. Great service. Great food. Beautiful gardens. Great place to have different types of parties for all occasions. I am from Rockford, Illinois. So I have been there before. Love it.
  • Our first visit! Have wanted to go for years. Spent the day with my daughter and took it very leisurely. Lunch was wonderful and the gift shop cute but the gardens themselves are phenomenal. We went on a Monday so it wasn't crowded and was beautiful, bnb peaceful, and inspiring.
  • A beautiful place of peace and serenity. Many areas for the visitor to relax and admire the scenery as well as appreciate the various landscapes of the gardens.
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