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Introduction

History

  • πŸ“… Established: Created in 1894 by George Turner Marsh for the California Midwinter International Exposition
  • 🌸 Original Name: Initially called the Japanese Village and Tea Garden
  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸŒΎ Key Figure: Managed by Makoto Hagiwara from 1895 to 1925, who expanded the garden
  • 🌍 World War II Impact: Renamed 'The Oriental Tea Garden' during WWII; Japanese elements were removed
  • πŸ”„ Post-War Restoration: Name restored to Japanese Tea Garden in 1952; Peace Lantern donated by Japanese children in 1953
  • 🏞️ Current Status: Part of the Gardens of Golden Gate Park, along with the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers

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Features

  • πŸ—Ώ Buddha: Cast in 1790 in Japan, donated by Richard Gump
  • 🌿 Dry Landscape Garden: Designed by Nagao Sakurai in 1953, represents hills, mountains, and running water
  • 🏯 Pagoda: Built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Expo, represents a Buddhist 'treasure tower'
  • 🌸 Cherry Blossoms: Bloom in March and April
  • 🌺 Azaleas: Bloom in March and April
  • 🌿 Wisteria: Bloom in April and May
  • πŸŒ‰ Drum Bridge: Highly arched pedestrian bridge, reflects a full circle on the water

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Tea House

  • 🍡 Location: Overlooks the picturesque south-facing pond
  • πŸͺ‘ Design: Custom-designed 'irori' or farmhouse-style family table
  • 🍡 Tea Varieties: Jasmine, Sencha, Hōjicha, Genmaicha, Green tea, Matcha
  • 🍰 Snacks: Offers both savory and sweet options, including Edamame, Tea Sandwiches, Kuzumochi, and Green Tea Cheesecake
  • 🏯 Historical Significance: Part of the garden since its creation in 1894, rebuilt several times

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Gift Shop

  • πŸ›οΈ Location: Above the Tea House on the Terrace level
  • 🏠 Architecture: Two-story house part of the 'Japanese Village' built for the 1894 Exposition, rebuilt in 1959
  • 🎎 Items: Sells tea and sake sets, glazed ceramic bowls and vases, kokeshi and daruma dolls, green teas, maneki neko figurines, and children's collectibles
  • πŸ–ΌοΈ Design: Distinctively Japanese style in architecture and interior design

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Admission and Hours

  • πŸ•°οΈ Summer Hours: March 1 - October 31, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • πŸ•°οΈ Winter Hours: November 1 - February 28, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • πŸ’΅ Adult Non-Residents: $15
  • πŸ’΅ Non-Resident Seniors and Youths (12-17): $7
  • πŸ’΅ Non-Resident Children (5-11): $3
  • πŸ‘Ά Children Under 4: Free
  • 🎟️ Tickets: Can be purchased online or at the door

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Best Time to Visit

  • 🌸 Spring: Mid-March to April for cherry blossoms, azaleas, magnolias in full bloom
  • 🍁 Autumn: Fiery reds and fading orange hues
  • β˜€οΈ Summer: June, July, and August are busier and less peaceful
  • 🌳 Year-Round: Open all year, even on holidays

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Transportation

  • 🚍 Muni: Buses and light rail can get you close to various Golden Gate Park entrances
  • πŸš‡ Nearest Station: 9th and Irving (N Judah line)
  • πŸš— Parking: Available near the California Academy of Sciences and the de Young Museum

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Travel Information
πŸ“žΒ Β Β Phone: (415) 752-1171
🌐   Website: http://japaneseteagardensf.com/
πŸ•’Β Β Β Hours: See hours
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118
πŸ”—Β Β Β Profiles: Instagram

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