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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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  • Beautiful grounds to stroll paths of sculptured greenery and statues. Flowing waters throughout with large coy fish. Bamboo and lfowers. Peaceful and relaxing break. Small gift shop and restrooms on t...  more »
  • Garden is done very well and is very lovely! Enjoyed walking around and seeing the different aspects of Japan.  more »
  • Although a small garden it is so well designed it feels larger. There are many elements within to observe and enjoy. The plants are diverse and the other elements are unique. There is a fee to get in ...  more »
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  • I can't believe it's taken me so long to come here! (If truth be told, it's not "the" best Japanese Tea Garden I've been - it's smaller and more crowded, for instance - however...). It was definitely worth the trip out to Golden Gate Park to check it out. When I managed to find quiet spaces, it was very peaceful and a good place to reflect. The plants and trees and other flora and fauna are beautiful, as well as the structures and statues. The water too. The garden was perfect for taking some very lovely photos. If you're a resident, the discounted rate is $6, even on weekends. Otherwise, I think it's $8 which still isn't too bad. Oh, and there's also a cafe in the centre if you would like some tea and/or snacks, but I didn't stick around for those this time 'around. Overall, loved it, and I'd like to try to come back again during a less busy time to feel less crowded in and rushed.
  • No discounts for students! But hey. Lovely place to walk around, and enjoy the peace and quiet. The gift shop has all manner of items for sale. Alas, we actually did not drink the tea! But we did buy a nice cup.
  • Love this place. So peaceful to wonder around and take in the amazing gardens. Be sure to visit the tea shops and try the green tea cheese cake it's fab! This place is t massive but I spent ages just wondering around :)
  • This tea garden walkway is perfect for garden strolling and sharing a snack with someone close. The beautiful Japanese-style spaces and angles are great for pictures. The spaces are very lush, and the trees are taken care of like sculptures. It has a lot of flowers throughout the grounds too.
  • When our in laws came for a visit several years ago, we brought them here as part of their San Francisco tour.  They were impressed that such a garden existed within the city limits and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I don't believe that any of my relatives have ever traveled to the Far East like I have so, this was as close to the "Orient" as it comes.   I think what impressed them the most was how well kept the grounds were and the many flowers throughout the garden.  The day my in laws were in town, the "Cherry Blossoms" had not blossomed.  Although the usual San Francisco "fog" was out in the morning, it quickly burned off by noon time. The garden's little gift shop which was also remodeled presented that distinctively Japanese style in its architecture and interior design.  Although there were many souvenir items for sale within the store, we just browsed and admired the unique collections they had.