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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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  • My daughter and I went to the Japanese Gardens. It was very pretty and after walking the gardens we enjoyed a hot cup of tea. It was a rainy day so we didn't spend as much time there as we woukd have ...  read more »
  • A great place to enjoy the beauty of a Japanese garden after a walk in Golden Gate Park
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  • This garden is a place great for relaxing after a days busy in the city. With beautiful details and decoration walk through the is a delightful experience. Preferably go early to take advantage of that almost no people and they can take a matcha and breathe awhile in his small house for you. I recommend it widely.
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  • Just the most beautiful garden I've ever been to. Super relaxing and calming. On Mondays, Wednesdays and I belive Fridays, if you show up before 10am entrance is free. The early bird does get the worm here.
  • Garden was beautiful, clean, and very well designed. It seems a little small at first but we realized quickly that they made the best of the space they possibly could have; the winding roads, architecture, and plants are marvelous. I'm no expert but having been to Japan before I can say that the garden was what I believe an accurate representation. Tea house was also very nice, a little pricey but worth it. Rice cakes and green tea cheesecake were delicious. The sencha was great and the jasmine tea was pretty good.
  • This is a pid garden even for residents of San Francisco. You can get a discount if you live in SF so bring ID or any proof of residence. I loved the novelty of this garden - everything was so cute and thought through. The little bridge, the mini tree decorations, the coi fish and more. It's really amazing the type of things you find in Golden Gate park. The only downside is that this place gets super crowded so we had to wait to take photos on the bridge and under some of the houses. They have a tea place so it was nice to have a hot cup of tea on a chilly afternoon in SF in such a cozy little garden. I would recommend coming here if you're touring SF, it's definitely a very unique experience.
  • The garden isn't very large and I thought the admission price was slightly steep at $8 for an adult and $6 for a child if you are a non Sam Francisco resident. I was hard pushed to spend an hour there so don't expect even a half day out. However if you like Japanese culture the plants and shrubbery are nice and well kept but I would not say it was worth the admission price
  • Very well kept Japanese style garden. It is not so big, but we really liked it. I think admission is a bit pricey for a small garden for non-San Francisco residents.
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