Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

4.1
#6 of 46 in Parks in San Francisco
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.
Create an itinerary including Japanese Tea Garden
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
2,674 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • August 13, 2017
    Beautiful, quiet and very well taken care of. I've been twice and highly recommend. Not to be missed! Worth the visit!
    View original
  • August 13, 2017
    This is one of my two ALL TIME favorite places in SF. An oasis of serenity and beauty tucked inside the park. For me, this is required if I am to set foot in the city. Take a time out and relax/enjoy ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Entrance fee was free before 10am in the day we want there. The garden layout is beautiful with an enchanting view with every twist and turn on the winding paths. Some of the pagodas are clearly in ne...  more »
Google
  • July 4, 2017
    I can't believe it's taken me so long to come here! (If truth be told, it's not "the" best Japanese Tea Garden I've been - it's smaller and more crowded, for instance - however...). It was definitely worth the trip out to Golden Gate Park to check it out. When I managed to find quiet spaces, it was very peaceful and a good place to reflect. The plants and trees and other flora and fauna are beautiful, as well as the structures and statues. The water too. The garden was perfect for taking some very lovely photos. If you're a resident, the discounted rate is $6, even on weekends. Otherwise, I think it's $8 which still isn't too bad. Oh, and there's also a cafe in the centre if you would like some tea and/or snacks, but I didn't stick around for those this time 'around. Overall, loved it, and I'd like to try to come back again during a less busy time to feel less crowded in and rushed.
  • July 8, 2017
    No discounts for students! But hey. Lovely place to walk around, and enjoy the peace and quiet. The gift shop has all manner of items for sale. Alas, we actually did not drink the tea! But we did buy a nice cup.
  • July 1, 2017
    Love this place. So peaceful to wonder around and take in the amazing gardens. Be sure to visit the tea shops and try the green tea cheese cake it's fab! This place is t massive but I spent ages just wondering around :)
  • June 19, 2017
    This tea garden walkway is perfect for garden strolling and sharing a snack with someone close. The beautiful Japanese-style spaces and angles are great for pictures. The spaces are very lush, and the trees are taken care of like sculptures. It has a lot of flowers throughout the grounds too.
  • March 31, 2017
    When our in laws came for a visit several years ago, we brought them here as part of their San Francisco tour.  They were impressed that such a garden existed within the city limits and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I don't believe that any of my relatives have ever traveled to the Far East like I have so, this was as close to the "Orient" as it comes.   I think what impressed them the most was how well kept the grounds were and the many flowers throughout the garden.  The day my in laws were in town, the "Cherry Blossoms" had not blossomed.  Although the usual San Francisco "fog" was out in the morning, it quickly burned off by noon time. The garden's little gift shop which was also remodeled presented that distinctively Japanese style in its architecture and interior design.  Although there were many souvenir items for sale within the store, we just browsed and admired the unique collections they had.

Plan your trip to San Francisco

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in San Francisco

From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in San Francisco by other users

19 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco BY A USER FROM HUNGARY October, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in California BY A USER FROM HUNGARY October, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in United States & Niagara Falls BY A USER FROM INDIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA October, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 20 days in United States BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN October, culture, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in California BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 41 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 29 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE November, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans