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Japanese Tea Garden

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94117
415 752 4227
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Ranked #45 of 375 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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Visalia, California
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183 reviews 183 reviews
68 attraction reviews
2,128 helpful votes 2,128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I have been here 2 times and both times have been great, the admission is very cheap and if you are local even cheaper, the garden is kept clean and if you pay attention you get to see some awesome spider webs, over all I do recommend this garden if you are at the park and maybe on the way... More

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Rego Park, New York
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128 reviews 128 reviews
81 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This is one of those thoughtful places that if the tourists don't get to you, it can be a pleasurable experience. Try to go off-season and take your time walking nowhere in particular. Perhaps drink some tea in the pavilion or meditate at one of the dry or wet gardens. Some people on tripadvisor complain that this is small, yet... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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218 attraction reviews
305 helpful votes 305 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The Japanese Tea Gardens, located in Golden Gate Park, are the oldest public Japanese Gardens in the USA, originally created for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition. A great way to discover the gardens is with a guide, to learn about the design, the history of the gardens, the family that once lived there, the icons and more. On the... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Anyone who has been to Japan or China will be disappointed by this Japanese Tea Garden. Even though it is well maintained, it is rather small. So the 8 $ entrance fee are very expensive for this small garden. There is also a little cafe and shop inside. Definitely not worth going there.

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Dublin, Ireland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We visited the gardens before 10am on a Monday and they were free to visit. Early in the morning is a good time to visit as you experience the gardens at their best . With few people around, the peace and quiet of the start of the day is a great experience . The restrooms are clean and the shop... More

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Senior Contributor
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23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Beautiful and relaxing. Wonderful carp in pond. Lovely cafe for different teas. We had the Jasmine which was lovely. This place is just so pretty interesting and calming. Can by accessed by local bus with a 15 minutes walk after from Market Street for 2.25 dollars and 8 dollar entrance fee

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

The japanese garden is so beautiful and elegant, I brought my little five year old and she really loved looking at the Koi fish and just discovering the garden, I must say it is an outstanding work of art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We paid $8 pp to enter the garden, and we loved it! We spent an hour or so there, including a morning tea break with traditional green tea. Awesome scenery and a little history.

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Sacramento, California
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128 reviews 128 reviews
28 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I am a native San Franciscan, but have lived elsewhere for many years, but it is always fun to take family and friends back to the city to see the sights. We took our two granddaughters to the city for a summer weekend and one of the girls expressed a desire to see the tea garden. When I was a... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I arranged my visit to enter during free admission time - before 10am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Not only is it free ($8 savings), it's less crowded and more peaceful. The gardens have bonsai trees, koi ponds, pagodas, and statues. The landscape is very well designed. I used the opportunity to practice my photography. There is a tea room that... More

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