The San Mateo Japanese Garden, San Mateo

4.7
#1 of 6 in Things to do in San Mateo
The San Mateo Japanese Garden is located in San Mateo. The San Mateo Japanese Garden is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, San Mateo Edition.
Create an itinerary including The San Mateo Japanese Garden
map
The San Mateo Japanese Garden Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
176 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 bac...  more »
Google
  • This really brought me back to Japan. This little garden is a great way to escape the city, if only for a short time.
  • If you're in San Mateo or Foster City there can't be a nicer place to take a walk. Lots of moss and pine trees; and I'd love to come back during the cherry blossom season. Easy parking in the nearby garage.
  • I believe the Tea Garden opened in 1973. I love walking through here when there is not a lot of people visiting the garden. It can be calming and tranquil. Has always been well maintained through the years.
  • Absolutely beautiful every time I visit. I love taking my class there to unwind and relax.
  • Lovely garden to visit. The Japanese garden offers free entrance and is best to visit at the beginning of the week. The garden has some beautiful bonsai and Japanese maple trees, both blood maples and green leaf. The garden is small, but very tranquil and pleasant. The garden is located in the middle of Central Park. My family and dog love visiting Central Park, however, Central Park Japanese garden is off limits to pets.

Plan your trip to San Mateo

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in San Mateo

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in San Mateo by other users

6 days in San Mateo BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA November, culture, outdoors, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in San Mateo BY A USER FROM CANADA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in San Mateo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, teens, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 1 day in San Mateo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in San Mateo BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in United States BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in San Mateo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 50 days in United States BY A USER FROM FRANCE October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in San Mateo & Yakima BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in California, Las Vegas & Grand Canyon National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in United States BY A USER FROM HONG KONG December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans