Japanese Tea Garden
- Type: Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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If you're tired of the tourist track (Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, etc.) the Japanese Tea Garden is a great place to find your bearings and relax. Taking a stroll on a sunny day and seeking out the scores of semi-hidden bridges and Japanese-style buildings provides fun for adults and children alike. Located in the sprawling Golden Gate State Park, the Japanese Tea Garden is the largest of its kind in the United States. Featuring plant life from China and Japan, the tea garden was built after the World's Fair in 1894, and has since become one of the most unique and visited attractions in the Bay Area.
Recent visitors highlight the garden's tranquility. One TripAdvisor user praises the garden as "a quiet, peaceful gem in the middle of your frenzied visit to San Francisco."
The park is accessible from many public transportation points in the city. To get there, check out the trip-planning tool at the SFMTA. Entrance costs $7 daily for adults with discounts available for children and seniors; however, if you enter the garden before 10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, admission is free. During the winter, the garden welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. In the summer, the garden extends its hours to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Japanese Tea Garden's website.