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Japanese Tea Garden

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94117
415 752 4227
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Type: Gardens
Description: Four-acre refuge in Golden Gate Park featuring Japanese architecture and gardens.
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california
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

If your expecting something amazing, not going to find it. If expecting to see japanese culture ( in gardening and design)and try some tea ect. Then you will enjoy. Lil expensive for a garden. But I don't regret paying to go in. Got a lot of cool pics.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

As part of the trip to Golden gate Park this was an attraction we wanted to see, what a let down. Its not very big and even at a slow pace you can walk round it in 10 minutes. For what it is the entrance fee was exorbitant. Not recommended unless you like that sort of thing.

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redondo beach
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108 reviews 108 reviews
59 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Very expensive to get in. Also no parking so you have to add that expense as well. About $50 total for 4 people. Tea house is nice and a must do. Also climb the bridge and take a picture from the bottom.

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San Antonio, Texas
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77 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The refined zen qualities of this garden and the feng shui of the plants and structures is pure Japanese. One does come to places like this to play tourist in frenzied exploration of every nook and cranny at a been there done that pace. But here you are encouraged, no, acceptably forced into a relaxed state and slowly migrates to... More

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Tampa, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
8 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed many parts of Golden Gate Park, but were very disappointed in the Japanese Gardens. Entry was $8 and it was not worth that. Some nice landscaping and ponds, but really pretty weak.

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Grapevine, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I'm from San Francisco and I never knew this was there. I did my research unlike those who are complaining about the entrance fee but you can go M-W-F from 0900-1000 for a free entry. Enjoy the scenery and have a glass of their fantastic iced green tea with a hint of sencha.

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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My husband and I were tired of walking a lot by the time we arrived at around 4pm. It was smaller than expected, but made it easy to walk around without hurting our tired feet. It was beautiful and we enjoyed seeing the well-known bridge that was a gift from Japan and makes a great photo op. The Garden was... More

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Seattle, Washington
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The place charged 8 dollars for a 5 minutes walk along a crowded path to see the pagodas and the coy pond. Pretty, but I can't believe they charged an entrance fee!

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Calgary, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

One of the disappointing things about Golden Gate Park is that many of the attractions carry additional cost. Ordinarily I wouldn't mind too much but in the case of the Japanese Tea Garden it wasn't really worth the extra cost. It is really quite small, and with the exception of some (impressive looking) pagodas and the odd bonsai there is... More

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Perth Australia
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Was a nice reminder of Japan (that we visited last year) but also was hard to get around when on crutches as some hilly and slippery areas. Good way to spend a few hours in San Fran!

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