Inside San Mateo’s Central Park is a Japanese garden. Central Park dates back to 1922, but I’m unsure how long the Japanese garden has been a part of it.
The garden was designed by Nagao Sakurai, a landscape architect from Tokyo. It’s a small garden, but it contains all the typical sights from a Japanese garden. It has a large koi pond along with some turtles that occasionally make their way to the rocks to get some sun. It has tea house which I believe is available for private parties. There are several small wooden Bridges that cross the koi pond.
It’s a pleasant place to walk through as it’s adjacent to San Mateo’s downtown district which contains many excellent restaurants. Check out Antoine’s Cookie Shop for some delicious cookies.
The shade under the tree is refreshing on warm days, you can find small Buddha statues placed around the park.
There is also a nice fountain that creates a stream that feeds into the koi pond. There is a concrete Pagoda near the top of it.
This last shot is obviously not from the garden. It’s a building right next to the garden on the pathway back to the parking lot. I loved the contrast of this rather bland looking building next to a beautiful park.
I’d recommend visiting the park in the spring time as that is when the cherry blossoms are blooming.