Japanese Tea Garden
Japanese Tea Garden
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Four-acre refuge in Golden Gate Park featuring Japanese architecture and gardens.
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  • JJJC_Family
    808 contributions
    Not great, but not bad
    We were at the de Young Museum and the Tea Garden was next door. So we went. I like Japanese gardens and most of them are like this one, good, but not overwhelming. Pleasant and fun. They are always good for some neat pictures. Truthfully, I have never been to one, no matter how meager, that I haven’t enjoyed visiting. It’ s not very big. So we had a quick run through and it was on to the ferris wheel, which I highly recommend, as I do the de Young Museum. Taken together, it’s a great day’s outing.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 13 December 2022
  • LovemyAcura🌵
    15,647 contributions
    A "must see" in San Francisco for beauty and serenity
    I visited here as a cruise excursion. It is a "must see" in San Francisco for beauty and serenity. Luckily when I was there many things were in bloom - cherry blossoms, azaleas, dogwood, etc. Gorgeous! We were not given a map or any direction except to follow the paths. This presented beautiful surprises at each turn. Later we discovered that there is a map posted near the entrance or you can buy one in the gift shop. The koi were lovely and enjoyed by all as well as a visit to the Tea House for a snack and lovely scenery over the pond. I am so glad I went here and it was the highlight of my day.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 April 2023
  • Wikumj
    Bromley, United Kingdom279 contributions
    Small and beautiful garden
    Spectacular garden , well worth spending 30 mins to 1 hour wandering round, very tranquil and relaxing and a great spot for photos. You can even pick up some Japanese snacks and desserts from one part of it. Definitely worth a stop and one of the highlights of golden gate park.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2023
  • ken
    Rancho Cucamonga, California8 contributions
    A Bit Disappointing
    In Golden Gate Park is the small but well kept Japanese Tea Garden. Perhaps "Tea" is the key word as many visitors were partaking of tea and deserts in the Garden's pavilion. With the draw of some special drinks, the Garden was quite crowded and it was difficult to get that "zen" feeling that one should experience in such a quaint and beautiful place.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Indra110
    New York3,178 contributions
    Overpriced
    The place is well designed and "could" be quaint and zen if there weren't masses of tourists. Also I think it is overpriced, especially since half the garden is closed because of maintenance. Seems unfair to charge full price for just half the product.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • fongie
    Maidstone, United Kingdom10 contributions
    Too busy
    Disappointed that the pergolas were under construction so we were unable to visit the area under construction. However we were not made aware of this when we were paying the entrance fee or offered a discount. There were too many visitors which took away the tranquility of the garden. I wished I had spent time wandering around the Golden Gate Park instead of visiting the Garden.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Cheryl B
    Honolulu, Hawaii437 contributions
    a nice retreat for a bit amongst the hectic
    It was an enjoyable visit for us to spend time in the garden on our last day in the area. It had been very hectic business days prior so we appreciated the chance to walk and enjoy the garden. Of note, people should understand that the reason the garden changed hands in 1942 is due to WW2 and what happened to Japanese in California and other parts of the US. I put this here because itʻs important to remember. We enjoyed looking around. The tea house was much too busy with people so we did not visit it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Julia H
    Burlington, Canada10 contributions
    Best part of my whole time, this is a muuuust see!!
    I give this place a 100000/10 it was AMAZING. I would love there if I could.. I would visit everyday if I could.. I couldn’t recommend it anymore. We had no idea what to expect when walking in but we’re not disappointed one bit. I believe it was around a 25$-30$ entry fee, it took us about an hour to walk to whole trail. As we were walking we came across around a hundred different plants and trees, all so beautiful and unique like I’ve never seen before. There were waterfalls, japanese structures, ponds, fish, statues, bridges, so many beautiful spots to take pictures. It’s really well designed because there’s multiple paths you can take that sorta cross over each other, one path led us to a secluded forest, one lex us to a pond with a rock bridge we crossed, and so on. People were never in the way due these crossing of paths, as you would simply take a turn when you came upon others. It was so mellow and quite, surrounded by greenery and gorgeous plants, with the sounds of waterfalls surrounding you. It was to die for!! I can’t recommend this place enough..
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • EndlessVoyage
    California1,134 contributions
    Always fun for all ages - great place to get lunch or a snack
    I have loved the Japanese Tea Gardens since childhood but even on a very rainy day in Autumn it was stunning. The menu has expanded to include food eg Udon, mochi, miso soup etc. Bridges, ponds, beautiful landscaping and that tremendous entry gate with not a single nail. Always fun.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 October 2023
  • njmomongo
    Maple Shade, New Jersey69 contributions
    Peaceful Beautiful Feels like another place
    Great aspects of Japan: Torii Gate, Pagoda, and many plants of Japan. Great for lunch. Monday, Wednesday, & Fri between 9-10am free admission, easily accessible by city transit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 October 2023
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njmomongo
Maple Shade, NJ69 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Great aspects of Japan: Torii Gate, Pagoda, and many plants of Japan. Great for lunch. Monday, Wednesday, & Fri between 9-10am free admission, easily accessible by city transit.
Written 30 October 2023
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EndlessVoyage
California1,134 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
I have loved the Japanese Tea Gardens since childhood but even on a very rainy day in Autumn it was stunning. The menu has expanded to include food eg Udon, mochi, miso soup etc. Bridges, ponds, beautiful landscaping and that tremendous entry gate with not a single nail. Always fun.
Written 26 October 2023
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Julia H
Burlington, Canada10 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
I give this place a 100000/10 it was AMAZING. I would love there if I could.. I would visit everyday if I could.. I couldn’t recommend it anymore. We had no idea what to expect when walking in but we’re not disappointed one bit. I believe it was around a 25$-30$ entry fee, it took us about an hour to walk to whole trail. As we were walking we came across around a hundred different plants and trees, all so beautiful and unique like I’ve never seen before. There were waterfalls, japanese structures, ponds, fish, statues, bridges, so many beautiful spots to take pictures. It’s really well designed because there’s multiple paths you can take that sorta cross over each other, one path led us to a secluded forest, one lex us to a pond with a rock bridge we crossed, and so on. People were never in the way due these crossing of paths, as you would simply take a turn when you came upon others. It was so mellow and quite, surrounded by greenery and gorgeous plants, with the sounds of waterfalls surrounding you. It was to die for!! I can’t recommend this place enough..
Written 5 September 2023
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Cheryl B
Honolulu, HI437 contributions
Aug 2023
It was an enjoyable visit for us to spend time in the garden on our last day in the area. It had been very hectic business days prior so we appreciated the chance to walk and enjoy the garden. Of note, people should understand that the reason the garden changed hands in 1942 is due to WW2 and what happened to Japanese in California and other parts of the US. I put this here because itʻs important to remember. We enjoyed looking around. The tea house was much too busy with people so we did not visit it.
Written 10 August 2023
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fongie
Maidstone, UK10 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Disappointed that the pergolas were under construction so we were unable to visit the area under construction. However we were not made aware of this when we were paying the entrance fee or offered a discount. There were too many visitors which took away the tranquility of the garden. I wished I had spent time wandering around the Golden Gate Park instead of visiting the Garden.
Written 27 July 2023
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Indra110
New York3,178 contributions
Jul 2023
The place is well designed and "could" be quaint and zen if there weren't masses of tourists.
Also I think it is overpriced, especially since half the garden is closed because of maintenance. Seems unfair to charge full price for just half the product.
Written 26 July 2023
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AureliaSC
South Carolina87 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
My son and I visited a few weeks ago. It was a small garden but it was beautiful. Some areas were closed due to maintenance. The food/tea was excellent. We enjoyed our time.
Written 19 July 2023
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Kathy M
Region of Waterloo, Canada8 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful. Well worth the visit. It isn’t huge but was one of the highlights of San Francisco for me. You need to take the time and read the information on all the different plants.
Written 17 July 2023
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ken
Rancho Cucamonga, CA8 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
In Golden Gate Park is the small but well kept Japanese Tea Garden. Perhaps "Tea" is the key word as many visitors were partaking of tea and deserts in the Garden's pavilion. With the draw of some special drinks, the Garden was quite crowded and it was difficult to get that "zen" feeling that one should experience in such a quaint and beautiful place.
Written 11 July 2023
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SitesAndFood
California87 contributions
Jun 2023
We came here from the other side of town and our uber driver showed us a couple of the tourist sites on the way here which was nice. We were planning to spend a few hours in this side of the city and have lunch but our cell phones were running low on power.
Written 19 June 2023
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