Urban Tea and Tranquility
Experience the beauty and tranquility of Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public Japanese garden in the country. Located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, the Japanese Tea Garden is an urban sanctuary where Zen happens naturally. Explore the walkways and gardens of the 5-acre Japanese-style garden with classic elements like native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds, a zen garden, an arched drum bridge, pagodas, stone lanterns, stepping stone paths, and waterfalls. When the Cherry blossom trees bloom in spring, the garden is a colorful oasis. One of the most popular attractions in San Francisco, the Japanese Tea Garden is a peaceful escape from the hustle of the city –a place where you can sip tea, slow down and reflect on life. Experience the art of the tea ceremony and the cultural tradition that celebrates the serving and drinking green tea or matcha. Wearing a kimono, hosts serve you in the omotosenke style of the tea ceremony - demonstrating how to present the matcha and how to drink tea with ancient Japanese customs. Try some popular confections or wagashi before the matcha in the new Tea House with a sunken hearth for heating tea.
Sip the Green Tea Culture
Enjoy a meditative cup of tea and Japanese refreshments in the Tea House. Nestled in the heart of the Japanese Tea Garden and overlooking the breathtaking landscape and pond, the Tea House offers an irori or farmhouse style table that hosts the Japanese tea ceremony. Try the authentic, hand-made fortune cookies made at the Tea House.