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Japanese Tea Garden

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94117
415 752 4227
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Ranked #44 of 376 Attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Gardens
Description: Four-acre refuge in Golden Gate Park featuring Japanese architecture and gardens.
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San Diego
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

The nation's oldest Japanese-style garden has a timeless presence. We came on a Tuesday morning, overcast, so there weren't many here. We were able to stroll at a leisurely place, and observe the subtle differences in the natural and man made features. If one comes with expectations, you'll be disappointed. There isn't a "wow" factor here. But if you bring... More

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Walking into the the Japanese Tea garden (Golden Gate park) is like entering another country. Japanese Maples and bamboo are plentiful. There is a river running through - home to large fish (Koi carp?). The garden is set out in sections and the visitor moves from one area to another via steps and bridges. On the whole peaceful, although there... More

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Methuen, Massachusetts
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

These beautiful gardens were a pleasure to stroll through. The gift shop offered some nice trinkets for family back home. And the tea - wonderful! I recommend the jasmine tea if you're not sure what to order, it is so fragrant and delicious. What made this experience even better was visiting on a Wednesday morning (free entry) and meeting up... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

If you arrive before 10am the entrance is free and you can enjoy a small breakfast with obviouslly great tea inside. The landscape is breathtaking and amazing... make some time and take a look.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Japanese tea garden is not just for tea drinkers. It is a beautiful quiet place with many wandering walkways, bridges, steps, and stepping stones. Loose yourself for a while and just enjoy the ponds, trees and scenery. Transport yourself to somewhere else. Traditional Japanese buildings. Or go to the tea rooms and have something to eat or drink. Stay... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Traffic and noise in SF was beginning to drive us crazy. We needed to find a quiet place with nature. Found the Japanese garden and just a short walk was enough to bring us back to a calmer place. Small but oh so beautiful. well worth the small admission fee. We strongly recommend taking some time to stop and relax.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My friend and I stopped in the Japanese Tea Garden while wondering through Golden Gate Park. There was an admission fee to the garden. The garden covered a lot more ground than I thought it would. The grounds are filled with ponds and ornately trimmed trees. We saw a couple get engaged while we were at the garden too, a... More

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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127 reviews 127 reviews
57 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I suspected the Tea Garden would be over rated given its promotional push by tour guide bus operators. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Bigger than it looks the Garden is well laid out with authentic species, architectural features and ornamental art works. You can find some solitude despite the healthy footfall of visitors. The choice of teas in the wooden... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
57 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I visited here and did a free waking tour with ‘San Francisco Walking Tours’ I’m so glad I did. The garden is beautiful but there’s so much you’d never know without a guide. The woman who led the tour was lovely and had so many stories to tell. It was interesting hearing about the different plants, the family who owned... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Very quiet and relaxing, you'd never know your in a busy city. Thought the crazy foot bridge was a nice touch, lovely photo opportunities.

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