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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  • Nice place to spend a couple of hours while exploring Golden State Park. There are several great photo opportunities. As reviewers have stated, it may be slightly over priced, but, I find the visit wo...  more »
  • Lovely grounds to walk in the quiet and soulful a must for anyone who is interested to relax for a while
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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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