on August 16, 2006
After hanging around in Haight-Ashbury, I decided that I needed a nature break. I caught a cab and headed for The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.The Japanese Tea Garden is a really interesting place. It is filled with small zen-like gardens and huge, red pagodas. It was a definite change of pace from the shops I had just left. Entrance to the garden costs about $5-$6. It is open during the summer until around 6:00 pm. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to tour the gardens, but we could have spent longer. The garden is set up around a large winding loop. By following the loop it leads you around to each of the small garden areas. By following the path you will discover a beautiful wooden bridge, a very large pagoda, a tea house, and numerous other visual delights.In addition to being gorgeous, the tea garden is extremely peaceful. You can feel the tranquility, which is a marked contrast to the streets just beyond it's walls. People tended to keep their voices low and move in groups throughout the garden.The garden is extremely well marked and each exhibit has a plaque explaining the meanings and history of it. These plaques are written in both English and Japanese. The plaques definitely added to the ambiance of the gardens.In addition to the gardens, there is an authentic tea house located in the gardens. The waitresses wear beautiful kimonos. Since I'm not much of a fan of tea I didn't go in, but it seemed really neat from a distance.This is definitely an attraction worth checking out and it's reasonably priced.
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