Japanese Tea Garden
Transport yourself to a different place and time with a simple stroll through San Antonio’s Japanese Tea Garden, a lush garden brimming with shaded walkways, stone bridges, blooming flowers and spectacular koi ponds throughout the year. The garden was originally created between July 1917 and May 1918 using prison labor; local residents donated bulbs and plants to beautify the landscape. In 1926, a local Japanese-American artist named Kimi Eizo Jingu moved into the garden and opened a space called the Bamboo Room where tea and light lunches were served. Thanks to a major renovation that occurred in 2007 and 2008, the garden is now as stunning as ever—it’s a wonderful spot for photos while visiting San Antonio.
By Kristin Finan, AFAR Local Expert
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In the north neighborhood of Alamo Heights lies the Japanese Sunken Tea Garden. The park was created in the early 20th century out of the cavity of an old rock quarry. The park has a bit of kitsch appeal and I'm not sure if the lush, flowery grounds are authentic of true Japanese gardening. In the 40s, the name was changed to "Chinese Tea Garden" due to the Japanese anti-sentiment. The park is a nice place to meander, admire some koi and observe the many couples who go there to be photographed for their engagement and wedding photos.
By Lara Dalinsky, AFAR Local Expert
3853 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212, USA
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