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Japanese Tea Garden

Golden Gate Park

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • One of many traditional structures in the garden.- Japanese Tea Garden
  • Pagoda and bare branches.- Japanese Tea Garden
  • Egret sculptures in the pool.- Japanese Tea Garden
  • Some of the magnificent koi in the pools.- Japanese Tea Garden
  • Pagoda in the traditional style.- Japanese Tea Garden
  • Zen garden.- Japanese Tea Garden
  • Serenity in the midst of the city.- Japanese Tea Garden
  • Beautiful pools and landscaping.- Japanese Tea Garden
  • The tea house serves traditional snacks and drinks.- Japanese Tea Garden
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Pros: 
Beautiful gardens. Historic significance. Traditional food at tea house.
Cons: 
Admission fee.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park is nearly as old as the  park itself, dating back to the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition. Created by Japanese landscape architect Makoto Hagiwara, the garden today encompasses about 5 acres and includes traditional landscape plants, pools with colorful giant Koi and classic elements like pagodas and arched drum bridge and stone lanterns.

The site is small enough to just wander and explore, letting the tranquility of the landscape erase the surrounding city.  There is a tea garden where foods such as udon and miso soup can be purchased and eaten overlooking the pools. March and April are wonderful months to visit to see the cherry blossoms blooming throughout the gardens.

The admission fee ranges from $2 for children up to $8 for adults, but admission is free on Monday, Wednesday and Friday before 10 a.m.

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