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Anderson Japanese Gardens

Opens in 2 min: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Peace in a not so peaceful place

Although Rockford is the 2nd most dangerous city (under 200,000) to live in, this garden is one of... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2018
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Beauty at every turn

Very lovely gardens. Enjoyed our stroll around the grounds followed by lunch at the restaurant... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2018
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OPEN SEASONALLY MAY 1 - OCTOBER 31: Anderson Japanese Gardens is proud of its longstanding reputation as one of the highest quality Japanese gardens in North America. Our passion, however, is how the Garden positively impacts individuals and the...more
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318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107-1035
+1 815-229-9390
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Reviewed 3 July 2018

Although Rockford is the 2nd most dangerous city (under 200,000) to live in, this garden is one of the most peaceful places there is. 12 acres of tranquility, trees, small animals and ponds. Paths to sitting areas, small waterfalls and relaxing shelters. A real must...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Very lovely gardens. Enjoyed our stroll around the grounds followed by lunch at the restaurant. Great food and view.

Thank JaneMc58
Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

What a beautiful place. Every single thing was nicely done. Staff very friendly and helpful. The restaurant, Fresco, was very good as well.

Thank Julie R
Reviewed 26 June 2018

I was in a hurry due other obligations and this took away from the experience of this garden. If you are going to this garden, have no obligation just take it in. Be warned, during weekends, it is busy. It was also unseasonably hot that...More

1  Thank garyaverill1
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Friends suggested we visit this attraction while in Rockford. Entry fee was nominal ($9), parking ample and motor scooter friendly. With the self guiding map in hand we ventured forth. Paths are well laid out and the foliage is great. Use of the streams and...More

Thank Tom C
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Went with group of friends and family, if you expect Japanese Garden this is what you see . Other than that I prefer walk along the Rock River to see beautiful landscape and flowers for free , overcharged at Anderson Japanese Garden ..!

Thank duohoa
Reviewed 24 June 2018

This is a halfway point for me and my family/friends in IL. I enjoy coming here for a gentle stroll and lunch at Fresco. The gardens are beautiful and you can take about an hour walk around the whole place. I have also been there...More

1  Thank Christine M
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

We spent almost 3 hours there. The staff was extremely friendly and took the time to share and explain all about the garden. Staff members were in each of the different areas to share and explain as well.

Thank J S
Reviewed 22 June 2018

Take your time. Places to sit & enjoy peace & beauty. Feed the Koi fish. We were there 2 hours after the Tinker Swiss House.

Thank TO6177
Reviewed 19 June 2018

I have visited over 80 gardens in Japan, and many of the U.S. gardens. Anderson Gardens and the one in Portland, Oregon frequently trade the number one and number two positions in the U.S. The key to enjoying a Japanese Garden is to slow down...More

Thank Ron K
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Marsha C
18 August 2018|
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Response from AJGRkfd | Property representative |
We do have a Flat Path route that avoids stairs. There is a section in the Pond Strolling Garden that is only accessible by stairs, however. You can see this section from the Flat Path, but will not be able to go up to it... More
Chrissy L
11 August 2018|
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Response from pacuthbertson | Reviewed this property |
No it can only be walked around. It does cater well for those needing wheelchair access as areas where there are steps are bypassed.
29 June 2018|
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Response from duohoa | Reviewed this property |
Adult $9.00 Children under 5 year old Free , 62 plus $8.00 , Student $7.00