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Japanese Tea Garden

Garden · Golden Gate Park
75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr (btwn John F Kennedy Dr & Martin Luther King Jr Dr), San Francisco, CA 94118, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
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Welcome to the Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States located inside Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California.


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    Megan S.
    "Free entry before 10am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays."(4 Tips)
    Nigel F.
    "Go early on mon weds or fri 9-10am for free admission."(4 Tips)
    Sergio L.
    "One of the best Japanese Gardens I've been to."(4 Tips)
    "... the Temple Gate & Pagoda above a waterfall and the sitting Buddha..."(3 Tips)
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  • Amy B.

    Very peaceful, beautiful spot. Small but charming. Not sure it's totally worth the money but do it once.

    Amy B · 6 hours ago
  • Jade L.

    Udon noodles was a nice treat

    Jade Loyzaga · 1 week ago
  • Bommy C.

    $6 for sf residents, $8 for nonresidents.

    Bommy Cha · 2 weeks ago
  • Steven M.

    Classic and traditional oriental garden, beautiful and peaceful.

    Steven Mansilla · December 9, 2015
  • Thomas C.

    Totally worth it! The garden is extraordinary!

    Thomas Corona · December 2, 2015
  • Khaled H.

    This is a gem in the heart of SF. Come here for a Zen walk around the garden and end your trip with some authentic jasmine tea prepared with perfection. Light lunch options are also served here.

    Khaled Hijab · November 21, 2015
  • Jack P.

    It was smaller than I thought it would be.

    Jack Pham · November 14, 2015
  • Enterartedf

    Take the time to drink a cup of tea in this beautiful place

    Enterartedf · November 14, 2015
  • Fi V.

    Nice garden really well maintained... Highly recommendable for an afternoon walk. Take a lot of photos!

    Fi Vei · November 12, 2015
  • Laura S.

    Really nice if you have the chance to check it out

    Laura Shum · November 9, 2015
  • Sandy E.

    Peaceful, serene, a lovely morning stroll.

    Sandy Eichem Richter · October 21, 2015
  • Chris B.

    Bring a GoPro with underwater housing and stick it in the water to film the coy fish. Don't think this is allowed but who cares !

    Chris Banuchi · September 30, 2015
  • Turkish Airlines

    Located inside the Golden Gate Park is the Japanese Tea Garden! The stunning garden will offer you the opportunity to experience harmony and beauty in the heart of San Francisco.

    Turkish Airlines · September 29, 2015
  • Sergio L.

    One of the best Japanese Gardens I've been to. Definitely stop by here of you're visiting SF.

    Sergio Lopez · September 28, 2015
  • Faris A.

    You have to try the Jasmen tea 😍

    Faris Altorki · September 16, 2015
  • Charlotte A.

    Make sure to get something in the cafe - the iced green tea is perfect.

    Charlotte Andersson · September 9, 2015
  • Yulia D.

    Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 free admission (free gorgeous tour at 9:30)

    Yulia Dzhebrailova · August 19, 2015
  • Katarina K.

    One of the worst people I have ever met. Just walking up to the counter he had the worst attitude. And when I asked him why he was being so inappropriate, his attitude doubled ten fold.

    Katarina Katsma · August 18, 2015
  • Mohammad H.

    Love it! Had a Matcha tea and Edamame, they were divine!

    Mohammad Hijazi · August 11, 2015
  • Jeff J.

    It's really small and expensive compared to the botanical gardens across the street

    Jeff Jenkins · August 3, 2015
  • Jenny K.

    Skip this spot in favor of the botanical gardens, which are larges, more serene, and less crowded.

    Jenny K · July 25, 2015
  • Kim B.

    Atmosphere. Buddha, koi pond, bridges.

    Kim Barry · July 21, 2015
  • Candid Cuisine

    For a different view of SF, check out Japanese Tea Garden

    Candid Cuisine · June 25, 2015
  • Jason N.

    Pretty I guess, but cost $8 to get in...small selection of tea and small snacks.

    Jason Newberg · June 24, 2015
  • Néstor

    Expensive ($8) and small, but it's really beautifil. Each corner deserves a picture. Be sure to bring your camera.

    Néstor · June 11, 2015
  • Stephanie R.

    The garden is a gorgeous place to walk through.

    Stephanie Robinson · June 2, 2015
  • Diana S.

    Zen. There are certain days with free admissions.

    Diana S · May 26, 2015
  • Scott F.

    There is a small fee for entrance

    Scott Fisher · April 28, 2015
  • Catherine M.

    FREE admission Mon/Wed/Fri before 10am

    Catherine M. · April 19, 2015
  • Rayna

    Beautiful, quiet garden. A wonderful romantic place for a morning walk.

    Rayna · March 22, 2015
  • Steven W.

    So beautiful and doesn't take long...

    Steven Waller · March 14, 2015
  • Lily K.

    Beautiful garden with this cool extra high bridge you have to climb to get on top

    Lily Kwong · March 4, 2015
  • Robert Andrew F.

    Well worth the visit! It's a very relaxing place to go.

    Robert Andrew Ferrer · February 12, 2015
  • Roua A.

    Excellent view 👍🍃

    Roua As · February 11, 2015
  • MisterEastlake

    Not all features are part of the Original garden. Subsequent additions included a pagoda and Zen garden. This is also one reported site of the introduction of the fortune cookie to America.

    MisterEastlake · February 11, 2015
  • MisterEastlake

    This is the oldest public Japanese garden in the US. The garden was designed by Makoto Hagiwara for the 1894 Midwinter Exposition, incl still-standing features such as the Drum Bridge & the tea house.

    MisterEastlake · February 11, 2015
  • MisterEastlake

    Check in advance about free entry. It's beautiful. Not the largest Japanese gardens, but peaceful and shady (in a good way). Paths are narrow. I'm not sure that this has reasonable wheelchair access

    MisterEastlake · February 9, 2015
  • Kirstie O.

    Had fun exploring this quirky wee garden in the park. Interesting history also. All the fish died when SF changed water supply and regenerating population now that apparently live up to 100 years.

    Kirstie O'Donnell · January 15, 2015
  • Jonathan

    Quite and relaxing. Good for an afternoon walk.

    Jonathan · January 7, 2015
  • Myriam B.

    Great place to drink Japanese tea.

    Myriam Boutin · December 24, 2014
  • Max L.

    Awesome place ;)

    Max Lesin · December 17, 2014
  • Sherry R.

    Pretty and nice little store inside.

    Sherry Ren · December 15, 2014
  • 🎀Ying🎀

    Beautiful and serene garden. Great place to take a walk. The matcha isn't worth it though.

    🎀Ying🎀 · November 21, 2014
  • Karsten M.

    Beautiful and quiet, but crowded on weekends. Go MWF 9-10 am to get free entry!

    Karsten McVay · October 12, 2014
  • Lillian Y.

    A small beautiful and peaceful space within the Golden Gate Park. Go in the morning to avoid the noise.

    Lillian Young · September 27, 2014
  • Hanan Bint Hamzah !

    A must to visit beautiful, peaceful & calm as Japanese people Experience the aroma & taste of green tea, Sencha & nuts tarts delightful Dont miss the fun discovering the wisdom in their fortune cookie

    Hanan Bint Hamzah ! · September 24, 2014
  • Ted G.

    Very peaceful here! SF Residents get discounted entry fee

    Ted Gooch · September 13, 2014
  • Amy L.

    It's very beautiful here. If you're looking to take lots of pictures without tons of people and screaming children in your way, you want to get there right when it opens at 9am.

    Amy Le Roi · August 1, 2014
  • Donna L.

    Very tranquil

    Donna L · July 10, 2014
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    Joseph K · June 20, 2014

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