Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

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Located in Golden Gate Park 415-752-4227

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    Japanese Tea Garden

    by Jessica88 Updated Feb 21, 2006

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    "I don't know of any city where you can walk through so many culturally diverse neighbourhoods and you're never out of sight of the wild hills. Nature is very close here." Gary Snyder

    These tea gardens are a private, recluse from the city and are incredibly beautiful to walk around. Throughout the five acres of shrubbery, you can find authentic Japanese architecture, bridges and ponds filled with Koi. You can really see the diversity of San Francisco here and their blossoming Asian community, especially as you begin to forget you're even in California! As someone who has always been interested in Eastern culture, it really was a great experience. Although I'm not one for gardening or particularly interested in it, you simply get a feeling when you're in the tea gardens for the culture. My favourite memory of our visit here, was inside the tea house. Here, you can sample traditional teas, using healthy, authentic ingredients in true Japanese style. A selection of teas are avaliable and I was so taken with the green tea that I purchased some on the spot! They also offered us some complementary snacks, amongst them fortune cookies for the kitsch lovers amongst you, something I got a little too excited over! There were few crowds and the gardens were extremely tranquil, something I would really recommend, especially as it gives you incentive to discover the rest of Golden Gate Park.

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    The Japanese Tea Garden

    by kidkilowatt Written Jun 21, 2005

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    Light Play at the Japanese Tea Garden

    The Japanese Tea Garden, located in Golden Gate Park, is a really great place for a romantic stroll. It is filled with beautiful flowers and little foot bridges over gently flowing streams. We came here in the late afternoon when there was no longer an entrance fee (I guess they only have one at peak times), but tea was still being served. I thought this was a really great time of day to visit the gardens anyway- you can have a cup of hot tea before dinner and the light is hitting everything just right. It is so pretty. Definitely check it out.

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    Peaceful, Easy Feeling

    by tarced Written Jun 10, 2005

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    Along the paths

    The title says it all. Walking through the Japanese Tea Garden gave us a feeling of inner peace and balance. The landscape was beautiful and the architecture adds to it rather than detracts from it. Strolling on the natural paths took us from area to area where there was a new architectual or landscaping focus. There is also an area where you can drink tea while you enjoy your surroundings. Coming here, we felt that we had found yet another area of San Francisco that had a completely different feeling from any other. If you are high strung and don't like to relax, this place is not for you. But for those of us who enjoy a calming, peaceful environment, I would highly recommend taking the time to discover these gardens.

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  • I loved the Japanese Tea Garden....

    by small_town_girl Written Jun 6, 2005

    By far one of the most fun things we did in SF. Such a serene, relaxing place. My only regret is we were on a bus tour & got there on the tail end shortly before closing time. Next time we will take the time to relax a bit longer & have a cup of tea!

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    Japanese Tea Garden

    by blue_sky04 Written Feb 7, 2005
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    Located inside the Golden Gate Park, this garden is quite popular. The garden itself is not so big, but it has nice landscape. I think it is a beautiful garden. However, the ticket (US$ 3.5) is a bit too expensive compared to what you can see inside as the garden is quite small.

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    See the Japanese Tea Garden

    by KevinMichael Updated Jan 9, 2005

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    San Francisco`s Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public one in the U.S., is quite beautiful.

    The Tea Garden includes a Buddha statue from Japan, a Taiko Drum Bridge, a Japanese Pagoda and a variety of Japanese plants and other fauna.

    On the down side the tea ceremony that was being performed there
    at the time looked very amateurish. But, that may have more to do with the fact that those performing the ceremony weren`t even Japanese.

    For a great panoramic view of the garden, go
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    Japanese Tea Garden Panorama

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    Peace and Serenity!

    by monika79 Updated Dec 6, 2004

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    The Japanese Tea Garden is 4 acres of traditional Japanese appreciation for harmony and balance. The garden features carp ponds, waterfalls, bonsai trees, and Japanese style buildings.
    You can also stop at the tea house which offers a selection of teas and a complementary bowl of cookies :-)
    Beauty at its finest!!

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    Serene and Beautiful

    by apseals Written Jun 7, 2004

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    Taken during the first part of March

    The Japanese Tea Garden is one of my favorite places to bring visitors and the oldest Japanese style garden in the US. At times, it can be full of tourists, but still well worth the $3 admission price. There is always something blooming here and the cherry trees in the spring are lovely. You can buy tea and cookies at the tea house after you meander around the gardens. Many wonderful spots for pictures regardless of the season of the year.

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    Japanese Tea Garden

    by col_hall6 Updated Jun 3, 2004

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    Japanese Tea Garden

    I'm a great admirer of Japanese gardens, (I've even tried to build a small one in my back garden) and this one located in the Golden Gate park is particularly beautiful and well worth visiting.

    I loved the spectacular and tranquil design where plants, trees and architecture go hand in hand with each other. The colours of the garden were at their best when we visited, conspiring to produce a very relaxing visit. This is the perfect place to visit if you need to unwind for a few hours.

    Admission is $3.50

    Please see my travelogue for more pictures of the tea garden.

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    Japanese Tea Garden

    by Andraf Updated Mar 21, 2004

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    Located in the Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Garden is one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco. It was established in 1894 and for many years it was tended by the Japanese gardener Makota Hagiwara. The garden is made of a maze of winding paths lined with Japanese trees, shrubs and flowers, a few ponds and a wooden pagoda. The Moon Bridge takes its name from its form and close to the tea tables one can find a large statue of Buddha that was cast in Japan in 1790. The open teahouse offers tea and cookies and is a perfect place for relaxation.

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    Japanese Dream

    by Chiliweenie Written Mar 11, 2004

    In a bright sunny day or a foggy day, the Japanese Garden is timeless. It has not changed since my last visit in 1980. The pagotas, streams, lanterns and the Moon Bridge are pleasant reminders of the past.

    The gardens change with the seasons, any time of year is worth a visit.

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    Japanese Tea Garden - Golden Gate Park

    by tombsp Updated Jan 3, 2004

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    Sally on the Bridge

    Firstly, I must say that I would have expected something a little bit larger considering that we had to pay to enter.

    That aside the gardens is beautifully landscaped with interesting buildings and sculptures. If your in the area its a very tranquil and relaxing place to wander round and even have a cup of tea, but I wouldn’t make a special visit.

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    Japanese Tea Gardens

    by AprilT Updated Nov 17, 2003

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    The Japanese Tea Gardens are small, but so beautiful. So many people come here to take their wedding pictures. The tea house is tiny and has a little gift shop with San Francisco souvenirs and Japanese gifts. It's relaxing to roam around the gardens and Golden Gate Park.

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    Step into another world...

    by AngelRed Written Jul 13, 2003
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    This is hands down my favorite part of Golden Gate Park, even if they do charge admission.

    This quiet garden is awash in spendor, with koi ponds, delicate waterfalls, miniature pagodas, a serene Buddha, and gorgeous greenery that allows you to forget you're not in Japan.

    Words can't adequately describe how beautiful the gardens are, so I'm letting the pictures handle that. There is an album devoted solely to my photos of the Tea Gardens.

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    japanes tea garden

    by dila Updated Jun 27, 2003

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    it was a beatiful garden.
    The tea garden began as a 1894 World's Fair Exhibit called the Japanese Village created by Baron Makoto Hagiwara.
    Tea Garden opening hours: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Tea House opening hours: 10 am-5:15 pm
    Admission $3.50.
    more pictures see travelogue.

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