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Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

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#5 of 73 in Parks in San Francisco
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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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  • The Tea Garden arose out of the Japanese Village exhibit built for the 1894 World's Fair, and is a “Must See” location should you visit S.F. We have visited several Japanese gardens in Japan and... 
    The Tea Garden arose out of the Japanese Village exhibit built for the 1894 World's Fair, and is a “Must See” location should you visit S.F. We have visited several Japanese gardens in Japan and...  more »
  • We were at the de Young Museum and the Tea Garden was next door. So we went. I like Japanese gardens and most of them are like this one, good, but not overwhelming. Pleasant and fun. They are always.....  more
    We were at the de Young Museum and the Tea Garden was next door. So we went. I like Japanese gardens and most of them are like this one, good, but not overwhelming. Pleasant and fun. They are always.....  more »
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  • We didn’t realize there were 3 gardens to visit. We were specifically going for the tea house so stuck to that garden with our limited time today. It was small but beautiful. We were here a total of an hour. Everything at the tea house was delicious but quite pricey and small portions. Gorgeous place to spend the morning. Hoping to be able to check out the other 2 gardens as well.
  • Such a beautiful tranquil space. Great space to observe and meditate. Ticket amount was more than expected, but well worth it. Easy check-in. I thought the garden would be bigger, but the peace of the space over ruled all doubts. Unique greenery, and waterfalls. I can only imagine what the garden looks like when everything is in bloom. Loved that they had a eating space in the middle of the garden, serving tea, snacks, and other asian goodies. Highly recommended visit.

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