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Anderson Japanese Gardens

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Address: 318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107-1035
Phone Number: +1 815-229-9390
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09:00 - 18:00
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 18:00
Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well...

This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well as the other buildings, sculptures and strolling paths.

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You must tour the gardens!

We stopped on our way to Chicago because of an Instagram photo I saw. This place is amazing. Make sure you have a couple of hours to spend here so that you can leisurely tour the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Mankato, Minnesota
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Mankato, Minnesota
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stopped on our way to Chicago because of an Instagram photo I saw. This place is amazing. Make sure you have a couple of hours to spend here so that you can leisurely tour the area. We were there on a weekday and we'd be sure to do that again because we imagine this place to be a hotspot... More 

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Mankato, Minnesota
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I actually found out about Anderson Japanese Gardens from Instagram and I am so glad for that! We traveled to Chicago from MN and it was right along the way. This is an absolute must-see attraction. It is beautiful, especially in the fall. Plan for a couple of hours so you can leisurely stroll through the grounds. It's flat ground... More 

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Thank Kelly R
Rockford, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are beautiful, peaceful and inspirational. The events are informative, educational and fun. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend the Japanese Summer Fest, Tuesday nights Music in the Gardens and the Tea Ceremonies.

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Thank PhrmChk
Rockford, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens and Fresco restaurant (open for breakfast and lunch only) are a tremendous pair. The gardens are world renown and the restaurant overlooking the pond and the natural beauty are a perfect compliment to each other. Fresco has unique offerings and they did a great job with my food allergies.

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Thank kmh1213
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a calming tranquil place to be simply beautiful the whole surrounding of Fridays they have music and wine what a great place to go

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Thank Melissa S
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to Rockford for a day trip and the gardens was the highlight of my trip. So peaceful, I spent 2 hours relaxing and reading in one of the chairs soaking in the beauty and the calm. Took me about 30 min to walk around the entire garden and I enjoyed it so much I made a second loop :)

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Thank Lindsay H
Glenview, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Decided to stop here on the way back from a weekend in Galena and it was a highlight of our getaway. Beautiful fall colors only added to the splendor of the garden. So much thoughtful attention to detail is evident here. Imagine feeling like you're in Japan when in reality you're in Rockford; that is magical in and of itself.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Visited first time and the gardens are beautiful and the landscapes were done and maintained beautifully. We were told that they brought in specialists from Japan and did this garden. A must see.

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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

even the last week before seasons closure, it was a wonderful little gem to walk around. really enjoyed the scenery and the little things that they did to make it even more interesting and personal.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Authentic to the minutest detail. Tea ceremonies, guest speakers and programs, Generally good Japanese food (not Cheap). Very serene and calming to walk and to sit and enjoy the tranquility, There is a second Garden in a more European style that is also very nice.

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