"Japanese Tea Garden" Japanese Tea Garden Tip by Jessica88
Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco: 49 reviews and 98 photos
"I don't know of any city where you can walk through so many culturally diverse neighbourhoods and you're never out of sight of the wild hills. Nature is very close here." Gary Snyder
These tea gardens are a private, recluse from the city and are incredibly beautiful to walk around. Throughout the five acres of shrubbery, you can find authentic Japanese architecture, bridges and ponds filled with Koi. You can really see the diversity of San Francisco here and their blossoming Asian community, especially as you begin to forget you're even in California! As someone who has always been interested in Eastern culture, it really was a great experience. Although I'm not one for gardening or particularly interested in it, you simply get a feeling when you're in the tea gardens for the culture. My favourite memory of our visit here, was inside the tea house. Here, you can sample traditional teas, using healthy, authentic ingredients in true Japanese style. A selection of teas are avaliable and I was so taken with the green tea that I purchased some on the spot! They also offered us some complementary snacks, amongst them fortune cookies for the kitsch lovers amongst you, something I got a little too excited over! There were few crowds and the gardens were extremely tranquil, something I would really recommend, especially as it gives you incentive to discover the rest of Golden Gate Park.
Address: Located in Golden Gate Park
Directions: The garden is located just east of Stow Lake.
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