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.
Japanese Tea Garden Reviews
We enjoyed the sculpted trees, bushes, the flowers that were in bloom(azaleas and more!), the different pathways past lanterns, Coy ponds and a climbing bridge. We did not eat at the restaurant on... more »
I went to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. Its a beautiful place to visit and explore. There is a store I also enjoyed a hot tea at the tea room. There is a small admission fee to... more »
Very nice scenery. It is peaceful and relaxing. It does cost $9 for adult admission, however, which is probably a bit overpriced for the size of the place and how long it takes to go through the place. We were there for about 40 minutes, although you could probably spend more time there if you wanted-- especially if you spend some time in the outdoor cafe area. Also, it's worth noting that since the gardens are within Golden Gate Park, there are very places nearby that offer great scenery and tranquility that are free (but will require more effort to get to).
This place was awesome! They offer free admission if you enter before a certain time. The park it's located in was a nice walk while we waited for them to open. The gardens are so nice. There are a lot of cool buildings, a restaurant and gift shops. It's so peaceful and beautiful
Plan your trip to San Francisco
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Hidden gems in San Francisco
See all ›
See all ›
Parks in San Francisco
Nearby attractions in San Francisco
Plans to Japanese Tea Garden by other users
8 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM BULGARIA July, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in United States BY A USER FROM ISRAEL August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Las Vegas & California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium