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Japanese Tea Gardens

3800 N. Saint Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212 (Uptown Broadway)
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Ranked #20 of 204 Attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Gardens, Theaters
Activities: Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Originally a rock quarry, part of the tea garden came from a donation by George W. Brackenridge and another section from Emma Koehler. In 1915 Ray... more » Owner description: Originally a rock quarry, part of the tea garden came from a donation by George W. Brackenridge and another section from Emma Koehler. In 1915 Ray Lambert, city parks commissioner, thought it would make a nice location for a lily pond. Ultimately, it grew to become a tea garden. The latest renovations began in 2007 and cost about $1.6 million, compared with the $7,000 Lambert originally spent to open the park. It is a Registered Texas Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. « less
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I have made it a point to go often because I love it there. To walk or just to find a quiet place to sit, it is lovely. Definitely worth the time, but plan to spend a few minutes. It is one of those places to enjoy. don't race through it.

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Aiea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Visited the Japanese Sunken Tea Gardens via motorcoach on an all-day city tour. Beautiful gardens which would be even more attractive when the carp are returned to the ponds. Wish we had more time to descend and explore the gardens. By the way, the #7 Sightseer Bus (public transportation) will take you to the gardens (and other attractions) from the... More

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China, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

It is not a real japanese style garden, looked like Ghibli style!! But its good place to visit, tea house has really good option to relax and have great selection of teas.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This is located right next to the zoo. It was called the Japanese gardens until WWII and was just recently changed back The koi in the water are huge! And the crepe myrtles were all in bloom. A beautiful place to see.

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

They were working on reestablishing the coi ponds and some of the garden but overall we were very happy with our visit.

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Definitely a must see--Right next to the Zoo so make a day of it--it doesn't take long to go through unless you want to sit and enjoy the beauty!

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Madisonville, Tennessee, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The lake was drained for construction and the place was deserted. Maybe once repairs are completed it will be worth your time. I was not impressed.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

There was unexpected tricky rocky terrain. I was fine but the MIL was miserable in sandals. All outside. Take pictures, water and bug spray.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This lovely spot was a treat to find while killing some time in SA. It was beautiful, free, dog friendly, & did I mention FREE?!? The kids enjoyed walking the different paths.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Love spending time at the Japanese gardens- it is so very peaceful! Great to take out of town visitors for a stroll and end up at Brackenridge park.

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