One place not to miss in San Francisco is the Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park. The sheer majesty of the intricately designed gardens, full of historic significance, is enough to amaze the casual bypasser, but to go inside is to walk the trails into fantasy.
At the entrance you are introduced to Japanese art and architecture and must pay a meager fee to enter into this avenue of delight. Once inside, the riots of rich purple, red, and yellow flowers are precisely balanced by soft whites and blues and the verdant greens of the well-tended plants. Meandering pathways centered around a reflecting pool have broad thorofares for groups as well as small hidden knooks and benches where lovers can steal a romantic kiss without being disturbed. The air is filled with the perfumes of flowering plants and the teas brewing in small personal teapots in the tea house.
Overlooking another reflecting pond the tea house is serviced by women in authentic Japanese attire and the feel of the natural world is represented with wooden stools, a rustic structure, and an amazing view.
There is of course a gift shop where one can purchase a variety of things from postcards and magnets to paper fans, wall coverings, and candies. The wonderfully unique thing about the gift shop was the seed packets you could purchase, to take a little bit of this paradise home with you. Overall, I would rate the Japanese Tea Gardens with all the stars avaliable and would like to announce that I have never seen a more spectacular place to hold a wedding.
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New Haven, Connecticut
March 13, 2008
From journal Three Days in San Francisco
August 16, 2006
From journal Fun in the sun in San Francisco
March 26, 2003
From journal San Francisco Treats
February 13, 2003
There is great curved bridge, which you have to cross. You'll definitely feel as if you've been to Japan, but without the lengthy plane ride.
When you've finished your tea and exploring the garden, don't miss the Strybing Arboretum or the Conservatory of Flowers while in the park!
The Tea Garden is open daily from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
From journal A Golden Gate Adventure
Sea Girt, New Jersey
December 1, 2001
The oldest Japanese garden in the United States, the Tea Garden features a tea house that overlooks a small pond. A variety of teas (rice and green tea among them) and Japanese cookies can be ordered here for $3 per person (and it is well worth it!). The views of the garden from the tea house are wonderful.
The garden has several architectural features that enhance the beauty of the landscape. The high, graceful arch of the Moon Bridge reflects in the pond below to form a perfect circle. A towering red pagoda and Shinto gate also grace the garden. A large statue of Buddha and several large lanterns are placed among the network of winding paths. The horticulture is spectacular, and the garden is carefully planned so that plants are in bloom year-round.
A visit to the Japanese Tea Garden is a peaceful and most enjoyable experience. There is a small admission fee to enter the garden - $2.50/adults. The garden is open 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
From journal My Favorite American City - San Francisco