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Travel Guides: Visit the San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden

Sometimes you just need to unwind in truly serene surroundings. After the launch of my ebook last week we took an afternoon to go and wander around the beautiful Japanese Tea Garden that's situated within Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

How to visit the San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden

Address: Golden Gate Park, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA

Hours: 9 am - 5 30 pm 7 days a week (check their website for holiday times)

Price: $12 / $10 per adult peak/off-peak season (view other admission prices here)

The oldest public Japanese garden in America, it has sculptures, reflecting pools full of Koi and beautiful planting all designed to create a calm and tranquil environment.

Originally created as part of the California Midwinter International Exposition in 1894, the garden was then taken on by Japanese landscape architect Makoto Hagiwara who worked tirelessly into making it what it is today. He expanded it from just one to five acres in size, but in 1942 was evacuated along with his family and sadly they were not allowed to return once the war was over.

Due to Covid, it is unusually quiet right now and we practically had the whole place to ourselves which was such a treat. Features include this amazing arched drum bridge (or moon bridge) that would be a bit treacherous to climb over but reflects beautifully in the water.

And this serene Zen Garden

Some of the sculptures likes this imposing bronze Buddha, cast in Japan over 200 years ago and gifted to the garden.

And this sweet little fawn hiding amongst the trees

We also made a friend in this squirrel who followed us around! Even into the giftshop where the manager had to chase it out again to stop it wreaking havoc.

A thoroughly lovely outing and the perfect way to slow down and unwind. If you are ever in the city, I highly recommend a visit! I want to come back in Spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming, that is definitely on my list.