Japanese Tea Garden

75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

While Japanese gardens have come to be an expected feature of many botanical parks around the world, the Japanese Tea Garden, which opened in 1894, was the first public tea garden in the United States. The original plot consisted of less than half a hectare (one acre), though it gradually grew to its current size of two hectares (five acres). Unusually for its time, a Japanese landscape architect, Makoto Hagiwara, oversaw it for decades until he was interned during World War II and not allowed to return to his position after the war. His legacy lives on, however, in this meticulous garden dotted with pagodas and crossed by stone paths.

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Serenity in San Francisco

Has the hustle and bustle of the city got you feeling bogged down? Then it’s time to head to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. The oldest Japanese public garden in the United States, the tea garden was originally part of the 1894 California Fair Exposition. After the Fair closed, landscape architect Makoto Hagiwara created the Japanese-style garden as a gift to the city. Hagiwara and his family lived on the site until WWII when they were sent to internment camps. Sit a spell in the teahouse with a warm cup of tea and Japanese sweets. Then walk the beautiful grounds enjoying the barrel bridge, raked garden, five storied pagoda and other traditional Japanese motifs. Open daily and free on Mon., Wed., and Fridays mornings before 10am. Small gift shop on premises.

Tea Garden Tranquility

Welcome to the oldest Japanese tea garden in the United States and the perfect place to find peace within the fast paced city of San Francisco. If you’re a fan of nature, tea, tranquility or Japanese-style gardens, this is more than the place for you to spend a few hours. There are beautiful, formal tea ceremonies by appointment only on Wednesdays and Fridays, so be sure to check the website for information. Welcome to the perfect way to spend a few hours in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Stay for tea and sip in the view

The Japanese Tea Garden has been a special place for multiple generations of my family. It may be small, but it feels like an entire world apart, a pocket of beauty and peace in Golden Gate Park and the ever-busy city. For me, a visit here always includes a stop at the tea house for some hot tea and a special treat. This is a place to settle in and relax. Let your senses enjoy the garden: the taste of tea, the sounds of moving water, the views of maple trees, blossoms, and Koi fish swimming.

No better place to spend a tranquil afternoon

In addition to the breathtakingly beautiful Japanese style gardens, there is a tea shop/"cafe” for some quick or not so quick Asian eats.

Japanese Tea gardens

The gardens are small but beautiful, peaceful, and worth the visit. Just within Golden Gate Park, and a small fee for entry. You can relax for a couple hours and enjoy tea and Japanese treats or browse the gift shop for beautiful Japanese articles and souvenirs.

Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco

I love finding something Japanese everywhere I travel, and San Francisco did not let me down. These tea gardens were exquisite.

America's oldest public Japanese tea garden

More than 13 million visitors come to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park each year, no doubt attracted to the world-class museums, acres of open space, lakes and windmills, and sites such as the Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Originally part of a “Japanese Village” exhibit built for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition, the garden is one of the park’s most popular attractions. When the fair closed, landscape architect Makoto Hagiwara and city officials reached a gentleman’s agreement, allowing Mr. Hagiwara to create and maintain a permanent garden and to be its caretaker. He also expanded it to its current size of approximately five acres. The garden features classic elements such as a pagoda, stone paths, koi ponds, a Zen garden, and an arched bridge. Plants, flowers, and trees, including Japanese maples, towering bamboo, wisteria, are still well-tended. The cherry blossom trees are spectacular in March and April. Have a cup of tea at the Tea House, and check out the the bronze Peace Lantern behind the pagoda. It was bought with monies raised by Japanese school children, and presented in 1953 in honor of the U.S.-Japan peace treaty signed in San Francisco in 1951.

Wander the Tea Garden

Visit the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco for a calming escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s located beside the De Young and Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, and offers a variety of snacks to nibble on while enjoying the gentle murmurs of the waterfalls. The paths weave around carefully manicured shrubs, statues, and this bright red pagoda. Check out their website for information on free admission dates and times.

Hagiwara garden

It was overall very nice and interesting! I really felt like I was in japan the woods, tea shop, and the koi ponds!!

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