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  • Address: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, USA 94117, USA
  • Hours: Open daily in the summer 9am-6pm and 9am-4:45 pm in the winter
  • Admission: Adults: $6; Seniors and Youth: $6; Children: $2

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Japanese Tea Garden Tours

Located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Originally built as an exhibit for the 1894 California International Expo, it stands today as one of the cultural gems of San Francisco. Its caretaker, a Japanese immigrant to San Francisco, extended it to nearly five acres and keeps it meticulously maintained. 

The garden embodies the harmony, peace, and tranquility of this exquisite Japanese tradition. It includes elements such as a zen garden and stepping stone paths, along with a five-story pagoda, a koi fish pond, stone lanterns, and an arch drummed bridge. It also contains native Japanese plants, including the famed cherry blossom trees that bloom during spring in the garden just as they do in Japan. Visitors can sit on a bench and contemplate in silence or wander the gardens while listening to the sounds of the stream. There is also a tea house and small gift shop.

Practical Info

The Japanese Tea Garden is located inside Golden Gate Park, on Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive between the de Young Museum and Stow Lake. Admission costs $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and youth ages 12-17, $2 for children 5-11. Many buses run to the park area, or take the street car N Judah to 9th Avenue.

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