The Japanese Tea Garden
Nestled inside the Golden Gate Park is a treasure waiting to be discovered by many. The Japanese Tea Garden has been in existence for quite some time now and is a wonderful place to visit and experience the Japanese culture through permaculture of this garden. First established in 1894 on one acre of land, the Japanese Tea Garden was known by another name which was the Japanese Village. The creation of this exhibit was at first only for an International Exposition that was occurring at that time. After this Exposition was done and over with, a decision was made to keep the garden going for future generations to enjoy.
The caretaker of this garden was Mr. Hagiwara. He not only kept the garden beautiful but also extended the size of the garden to about five acres, instead of just one. The history behind the garden and the family of Hagiwara is extensive as this family was forced into internment camps in the mid to late 1940’s. Once his family was released from these camps, they were not allowed to return to the garden. Many family valuables were removed from the garden and supplemented with newer garden accessories.
The wonderful features of this garden include Koi ponds, Cherry Blossom Trees that blossom in the months of March and April, lanterns, stone pathways, pagodas and much more. They have a wonderful tea house where you can enjoy a hot cup of tea and food with friends and family. They also have a gift shop where you can purchase fun souvenirs and gifts.
The Japanese Tea Garden is located at 7 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. San Francisco, CA 94118.
Hours of operation for this establishment vary depending on the season.
Summer hours from March to the end of October are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Winter hours from November to the end of February are 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Admission on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays if you go before 10 a.m. is FREE. Otherwise, adult residents pay $6 and adult non-residents pay $8. Seniors (65+) and Youth (12-17) pay $3 if they are residents and $6 for non-residents. Children (5-11) pay $2 for resident and non-resident. Children 4 years or younger get in for FREE.
Photo Source: Brian Hansen Flickr.com August 2011
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