Japanese Tea Garden

Neighborhood: Golden Gate Park


After the successful 1894 Mid-Winter Exposition San Francisco decided to keep the Japanese Village exhibit. Makoto Hagiwara was hired to be the new manager of the Garden and immediately set about expanding the Garden three-fold to its size today. At over three acres, it is the oldest public Japanese Garden in the United States, and it has a magnificent collection of plants and trees maintained in the Japanese style by a staff of professional gardeners.

An impressive variety of flora greets you as you enter a Japanese inspired wonderland of small scenes created throughout the Garden. The peace and quiet of the Garden encourages one to slow down and be mindful of the surroundings — beautiful botanical masterpieces. Stroll among the koi ponds and enjoy the ever-present skills of the gardeners as they present their carefully designed and shaped plant sculptures and rock arrangements representing real scenes from the outside world. Marvel at the structures of Japanese design — the tea room, gates without fasteners, and the magnificent pagoda, a relic from the 1915 World’s Fair in San Francisco. A perfect walk for those seeking a peaceful afternoon…

Next Tours

  • Sunday, May 28 at 1:00 pm given by Eric F.
  • Monday, May 29 at 9:30 am given by Don M.
  • Monday, May 29 at 1:00 pm given by Eric F.
  • Tuesday, May 30 at 1:00 pm given by Hope K.
  • Wednesday, May 31 at 9:30 am given by Charlie E.
  • Wednesday, May 31 at 1:00 pm given by Beth W.
  • Thursday, June 1 at 1:00 pm given by MaryAnn P.
  • Friday, June 2 at 9:30 am given by Ellen R.
  • Friday, June 2 at 1:00 pm given by Eric F.
  • Saturday, June 3 at 1:00 pm given by Robin S.
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Registration is not required for this tour. Garden admission charge required, except for 9:30 am tours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


Tour Length: Approximately 1 hour.



Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.

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Please note: Private groups tours required for groups of 8 or more.