Visiting the Japanese Tea GardensThe Japanese Tea Gardens is located in Golden Gate Park just west of the de Young Museum. You can walk there from the Haight-Ashbury entrance to the park or come in by car from the 8th Ave entrance in the Richmond District.
To get to the Japanese Tea Gardens on Public Transit, your best bet is to take the N Judah Muni Metro Subway Line from downtown.
- Address: 7 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
- Hours: 9am till 6pm daily (Summer), 9am to 4:45pm daily (Winter)
- Admission: Adults $7 (Residents $5), Seniors and Students $5 (Residents $3)
- Parking: Parking is available in the Music Concourse Parking Lot, located just across the street.
- Contact: (415) 752-1171 www.japaneseteagardensf.com
Exploring the Japanese Tea GardensLeisurely exploring the gardens on foot is one of the most relaxing activities in the entire city. During the spring, the one thousand cherry blossom trees and other Japanese flowering plants bust into bloom and fill the garden with vivid color. Be sure to check out the large bronze Buddha statue that was donated to the garden in 1949, The 9,000 pound lantern of peace, the steeply angled moon bridge and the special Zen rock garden, which was built in 1953 by landscape architect Nagao Sakurai.
Tea Ceremonies in the Japanese Tea GardensThe Japanese Tea Gardens hold traditional Japanese Matcha tea ceremonies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These are available to the public by appointment only and cost around $25 per person. Kimono robed tea servers offer snacks and instruct participants in the presentation and preparation of traditional powdered matcha green tea.
The Tea House at the Japanese Tea GardensLocated in the center of the gardens, this large farmhouse style traditional building serves a variety of Japanese teas as well as sushi, tea sandwiches and a variety of sweets. Check out their PDF Menu.
Outdoor seating overlooking a large Koi pond makes the Tea House one of the most romantic destinations in San Francisco for couples or those on dates. The Tea House is open every day as long as the garden is open.