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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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  • Beautifully designed and maintained garden in the center of Golden Gate Park. Worth the modest admission and the 45-min stroll. Check out the bonsai trees everywhere! 
    Beautifully designed and maintained garden in the center of Golden Gate Park. Worth the modest admission and the 45-min stroll. Check out the bonsai trees everywhere!  more »
  • There is a $10 admission fee. The garden and sculptures are very well maintained and beautiful. We did the tea house at the end and had a wonderful cup of Cold and Hot Green tea. They also have a.....  more
    There is a $10 admission fee. The garden and sculptures are very well maintained and beautiful. We did the tea house at the end and had a wonderful cup of Cold and Hot Green tea. They also have a.....  more »
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  • This is one of the most beautiful and serene places I've ever been on Earth! The admission is reasonable, my teenagers appreciated the beauty even if I had to slow them down a bit so we could soak it in and get good pictures. It makes for amazing photos! The staff are friendly and keep the place spotless and perfect. Best of all, it's in Golden Gate Park which is a bucket-list spot in one of the best cities on Earth. I just wish it were bigger because I could have spent longer in the mood the scenery induced.
  • Have been going to The Japanese Tea garden since I was a child in the 1960s and am happy to see the park although changed remains largely unchanged. The plants are manicured to perfection. The wooden bridge shaped like a parabola is immaculately preserved. A plaque I had not noticed stated the bridge's maker is a master and credited the builder. No longer are coins tossed in the water. As a child, I may have tried taking the coins. The giant Buddha statue near the bridge is not there, if it is I did not see it. The winding pathways over and through streams and ponds by way of wooden plank bridges and large granite blocks are preserved. Did not see too many fish. The park is an inspiration, and in my opinion, a must see. Because throughout my travels never have I seen a garden as intriguing and inspirational as The Golden Gate Park's "Japanese Tea Garden". The entry fee is $7, on a Sunday afternoon for a non-resident. No military discounts are given. The shop no longer sells as many various items like rice candy with edible wrapping and colorful paper kites as it once did. There are many tea sets though. Especially endearing are the many pine trees manicured into small short shapes. The Japanese Tea Garden is a treasure.

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