Japanese Tea Garden
The Japanese Tea Garden (Golden Gate Park, summer daily 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m., winter daily 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.) is a haven of peace and tranquility that’s a local favorite within Golden Gate Park. The planting and design of the garden began in 1894 for the California Exposition.
Today the flourishing garden displays a wealth of beautiful flora, including stunning examples of rare Chinese and Japanese plants, some quite old.
As you stroll along the paths, you’ll come upon sculpture, bridges, ponds, and even traditional tsukubai (a tea ceremony sink). If that’s your taste, you can visit the tea house, the brilliant pagoda and temple, and the gift shop as well.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition