The Japanese Tea Garden is one of the popular tourist attractions of San Francisco. It is one of the oldest public Japanese Gardens of the U.S. It was first created in 1894, and gradually expanded into 5 acres of beauty and tranquility.
The Japanese Tea Garden is located in the Golden Gate Park among other attractions.
However, this location should definitely be the first stop upon visiting Golden Gate Park.
Although a popular tourist attraction, this garden is big enough to contain a myriad amount of visitors.
You'll be able to enjoy each and every beautiful area of the garden without fear of others "hogging the area".
This garden not only features a variety of floral display, it also features various unique Japanese-styled bridges, sculptures, and architectual designs.
You'll be amazed at the scenic paths you'll take. You'll find yourself crossing a path of stepping stones, crossing bridges over a koi pond, and strolling along a stunning, serene and tranquil pathway filled with cherry blossom trees.
The complex Japanese-themed architecture is quite perplexing. It's certainly a must to take pictures with such Japanese styled house designs, towers, bridges, and stone sculptures.
If you need a day to feel relaxed yet are motivated to enjoy a recreational activity, then I suggest you take a stroll along the Japanese Tea Garden!
Located at 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco CA 94118 in the Golden Gate Park.
1-2 Hours: $7.00 on Weekdays, $8.00 on Weekends.
2-3 Hours: $10.50 on Weekdays, $12.00 on Weekends.
3-4 Hours: $14.00 on Weekdays, $16.00 on Weekends.
24 Hours is the Maximum, which is $25 on Weekdays, and $28 on Weekends.
Please don't lose your parking ticket as it's $25 to replace it! Eeek!
The parking garage is open from 7am to 7pm on most days, and until 11pm on Thursdays (don't ask me why, haha).
Honestly, this place is one of my favorite places to go to unwind.
Even though there's lots of other people out and about this place, the place is certainly big enough to just linger around and enjoy the tranquility and peaceful ambience that this environment produces.
There's something about it that makes you wonder if you're still in San Francisco (a busy city environment, contrast to the garden).
I went here with my boyfriend as one of our Valentine's Day dates (aww, lol) and I absolutely enjoyed it. Despite the fact that the food was rather costly (little sandwich finger foods were about $10), the location is great for a romantic date!
Of course, you can also visit the Japanese Tea Garden with friends and good company. The more, the merrier!
What I enjoyed the most was this Koi Pond:
I think I downloaded a Koi Pond app on my iPhone because I loved the tranquil feeling it gave me, lol, so you can imagine how excited I was to see one in person!
Um...I think the one thing that kind of annoyed me was that some tourists can be inconsiderate, taking their sweet time at one spot, or walking right in front of our camera as we took pics...
...but other than that, this place is amazing! I definitely encourage you to visit this place if you're ever in the area! :)
See you around,
Your friendly, local SF travel guide ;).
Order the Tea Sandwiches and Udon Soup at the Tea House mini restaurant. They're awesome!
Here is what the dining area in the Tea House looks like by the way. I wanted to sit in that middle table but I felt awkward sitting next to strangers, haha. So, that area would be an awesome area to grab if you have a large party! :) The servers are dressed in kimonos to give it that extra boost of authenticity. And the food is fabulous! (Don't expect to get super full though, as the portions are quite small, lol).
One of the pathways down to the Koi Pond.