Surround yourself with nature in an outdoor setting that inspires the mind & energizes the soul.

A visit to Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois provides an unforgettable experience for guests of all ages.


May 1- October 31

Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sat & Sun: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Adults $9.50
Seniors (62+) $8.50
Students $7.50
Children 5 Y.O. & Under Free


Serving breakfast & lunch daily

Reservations Available:  815.316.2256

Mon – Fri: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Sat & Sun: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Anderson Japanese Gardens is recognized as one of the premier Japanese gardens in North America. Your membership provides vital financial support that helps us maintain the Garden to world-class quality standards and to offer first-class cultural programming and special events.

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October 2017

Donation Day

October 19 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Donation Day is the third Thursday of each month.  Admission fees are waived thanks to the generous support from BMO Harris Bank.  In lieu of admission, guests are encouraged to make donations to help maintain the Garden to world-class quality standards.

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Tai Chi

October 19 @ 6:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:15pm on Thursday, repeating until December 21, 2017

Tai Chi is a combination of slow, graceful exercizes that enhance mental focus, relaxation and physical alignment while building leg strength, endurance and stability.  Classes range from easy to moderate depending on your abilities.  Sessions are led by Craig Westlund.  Craig has been studying traditional Asian martial arts for years with experience in Karate, Jujutsu, Kobudo, Shuai, Chiao, Sanshou, Xing yi quan, Bagua zhang, Tai Chi Chuan, and Qigong.  For more information or to register, contact Craig at

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Lecture Series

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Aikido: The Art of Peace Stephen Toyoda (Chicago, IL) | President, Aikido Association of America Aikido is known as a Japanese martial art.  However, its founder, Morihei Ueshiba, intended for it to be used as a way to peacefully reconcile the world.  Aikido is a non-competitive art and looks at an enemy not to overpower and concur, but rather as a path to find harmony in a chaotic world.  ultimately, Aikido is a way to find true victory, victory over…

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