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. Arrange to visit Japanese Tea Garden and other attractions in San Francisco using our San Francisco route maker site .
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  • I was very happy I was able to visit the tea garden and to see the foliage, fish, and fun! There is a lot of character and serenity throughout the area as well as a great deal of history and fun facts...  more »
  • This garden is so peaceful and charming. We really enjoyed our time there beacuse the nature is so wonderful, and all those little bridges inside. It's all about zen.  more »
  • This place is so tiny and not worth $9.00. When I look on the site I thought it was $6.00 and that what I wrote down. Turns out if you don't live in San Francisco then you pay $9.00. If you are into T...  more »
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  • Small garden with ponds, trees, zen garden, bridges. It is very beautiful, but it is on the small side. It is a good place to slowly walk through and appreciate the scenery. If you walk through quickly you can see everything in 10 minutes. It may not be for everyone considering the admission price, but it is a unique experience. They have a counter service cafe that serves Japanese foods and sandwiches, as well as tea. The food was rather expensive but you are paying for the experience. Definitely worth going at least once.
  • Must-see SF destination. Even on busy days, you will find peace, serenity and so much beauty at the Tea Garden. Stroll around for an hour and notice of all the little details. Take the time to read all the interpretive signage. Lots of history here. The staff of gardeners do an amazing job meticulously maintaining everything. Take a break and have a snack at the little restaurant. If there is a line, it moves quickly. They have very good miso soup and other light fare. And of course several choices of tea.
  • You can spend a couple of hours of your morning walking around the garden. All green around you. The park is overpriced for sure. The cafe inside is quite expensive for - not sure why ? There is a gift store inside as well which is expensive as well. Otherwise, the park is maintained. You can see multiple colorful fishes in the pools inside. Kids will like it for sure. FOr the entrance, I think, SF residents have a discount. I won't say that this is a must go when you are visiting SF for couple of days.
  • It was beautiful and had a great atmosphere. They even had a little tea shop. However, it would have been nice to have a student discount as the gardens were rather small for the price. But other than than I was a great experience.
  • There are even days you can get in for free early in the morning before 9AM to save yourself 10$ a deal. So wake up early and Enjoy this beautiful peaceful place. I didn't try the TEA but I wish I would so you do not the same as me and TRY OUT THE TEA AND ENJOY THE VIEW AND PEACE. Join the tour guides and learn about history and maintenance complexities of this place as well. This is what differentiates a Japanese garden. Learn these while you're there !
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