Japanese Tea Garden (Golden Gate Park)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by mfs on December 1, 2001

The beautiful Japanese Tea Garden located in the center of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is one of my favorite places. Painstakingly maintained and gorgeous in every aspect, this serene garden oasis provides the perfect respite from a hectic day. While the garden can be over-run with tourists during the busier seasons, those lucky enough to enjoy its beauty during the off-season are in for a real treat. Be sure to savor the garden slowly -- I think too many people plow through it and miss out on its exquisite beauty.

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.

Japanese Tea Garden
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California, 94102
(415) 668-0909


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