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Japanese Tea Garden

Japanese Tea Garden Japanese Tea Garden Photo by ste3ve via Flickr

San Francisco has one of the best attractions at Golden Gate Park known as the Japanese Tea Garden. The tea garden was built in 1894 shortly after the World’s Fair and has become one of the most visited and unique attractions in the area. The Japanese Tea Garden is said to be one of the largest public tea gardens in the United States.

This small, yet intricately created attraction is a wonderful place to visit and is enjoyable for families and people of all ages. The garden features beautiful plant life from China and Japan. While taking a stroll you will enjoy beautiful views of the Japanese-style architecture, beautifully sculpted gardens and semi-hidden bridges.

In the garden, you will come across bridges, monuments and native Japanese ponds and plants. The walk is serene and peaceful and there are a number of paths that will lead to smaller gardens. During the long bridge walk, stop and toss a penny into the water and make a wish. Scale the semi-circular bridge known as the Drum Bridge that is quite the climb for small children and adults.

The steep incline of the bridge makes it a wonderful place to take pictures. Stop by the Tea House and enjoy some cookies or tasty treats and a nice cup of tea. The tea prices are steep but the tea is tasty and there are many selections to choose from. The Tea House is a good place to sit and soak in the atmosphere while the kids explore the Drum Bridge.

Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop for small souvenirs that will help commemorate your visit to the beautiful garden. The tea garden is open every day, including holidays. There is a small fee for admission that is discounted for children and seniors. The Japanese Tea Garden is accessible from several of the public transportation spots in the city.

Japanese Tea GardenHere, children will enjoy the stepping stones, little paths and tall bridges. Adults will enjoy the serenity, the views and the Zen feeling that flows through their body. You can experience five acres of land that offer winding paths, a wooden pagoda, skillfully trained bonsai trees and a large bronze Buddha.

In order to experience everything San Francisco has to offer, stop by the Japanese Tea Garden to relax and unwind in a peaceful sanctuary. This attraction will help you appreciate the essence of a tea garden and give you a better understanding of the Japanese culture.


Summer (March 1 to Sept. 31): 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Winter (Nov 1 to Feb 28): 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Opens Everyday - No Holiday Closures
Address/Map:    75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 752-4227
Website: Japanese Tea Garden


  Child (4 & Under) Child (5-11) Youth (12-17) Senior 65+ Adult
Residents Free $1.50 $3.00 $3.00 $5.00
  FREE Admission on Mon, Wed and Fri ONLY if entered by 10:00 am