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Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

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Originally constructed in 1894 for the World's Fair, Japanese Tea Garden represents the oldest garden of its kind in the country--a mainstay of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Spread out over 2 hectares (5 acres), the garden features quaint bridges, traditional pagodas, stone pathways, koi ponds, and scores of plants and foliage native to Japan. You'll find that the garden lives up to its namesake as well: Stop for a cup of traditional Japanese brew at the on-site tea house. The gift shop offers different blends and tea sets, along with all of the accompanying ceramic wares. By using our San Francisco tourist route planner, you can arrange your visit to Japanese Tea Garden and other attractions in San Francisco.
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  • As we travelled in March there was lovely spring like feel as blossom, azaleas and spring flowers were out. You have to pay to get in but do not need to book. Small but interesting and a lovely little...  more »
  • Had some time to show the other half the awesome JTG. UH OH. I did not realize that admission was charged. Left the cash and cards in the car. From what we could see it is as beautiful as when I last ...  more »
  • Enjoyed viewing the garden. Suggest getting their earlier in the day. It became more crowded in the afternoon.  more »
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  • This is a great place to visit if your in SF. Considering the busy city that is a couple blocks away I was surprised the garden was nestled in this part of town. Fee is around $8 and they have a tea and snack area. Be prepared to take a lot of pictures and wait for some folks to finish taking theres. It can take an average of 30-60 mins to get through the whole garden during busy weekend time. We enjoyed the ponds, temples, garden, stone work and bridge. If your in the park this is definitely a must see exhibit.
  • This is a small part of a larger park and one of the only bits you need to pay for to get in. But it's an amazing garden and encapsulates Japanese gardens so well. It is a lovely place to take a walk around with restrooms and cafes. It's about $8 each to go in but well worth it. I'd suggest going in and just relaxing. Sit down and relax away from the city.
  • It's a BEAUTIFUL and relaxing place. Lot of green and beautiful trees, their tea shop is awesome and the tickets are cheap. Must go place if you visiting SF.
  • These are some beautiful gardens. Very relaxing to walk around and spend a couple of hours there. We did took the bus from the business district to get there which is kind out of the way of all the main attractions. Would I visited again ? If you around the area yes but I would go out of my way to see them.
  • Very lovely space. A good place to sit and reflect. Hundred year old pagodas and bonsai trees. Great foil to the busyness of downtown San Francisco.