7 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
Nestled in Golden Gate Park is the traditional Japanese Tea Garden, which features relaxing pathways lined with beautifully landscaped Japanese trees, shrubs, and flowers. Ponds, ornately designed structures, and bronze sculptures dot the paths. Don't miss the large bronze Buddha, which was cast in 1790 in Japan and is considered the largest bronze Buddha outside of Asia. First established in 1894 for the California Midwinter Fair, the tea garden is considered the oldest public traditional Japanese Garden in the United States. The organizers of the fair commissioned a Japanese gardener, Makota Hagiwara, to take care of the garden, and he soon imported a number of plant life and bronze sculptures from Japan to enhance the garden's authenticity. The gardener's family lived in, and maintained, the gardens from 1895 through 1942 when they were forced into concentration camps during World War II. Though changes have been made over the years, the Tea House and Moon Bridge are lasting features from the fair, and the Japanese Tea Garden continues to be a popular place to take a stroll through, while enjoying the calming surroundings. The most popular time to visit is when the cherry trees are in bloom in April.
Nearest Train or Bus:
MUNI BUS: 44
Best Modes of Transportation: Automobile/Car Bicycle Bus Walking
Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: Free
Parking Safety: Somewhat Safe
Notes: There is 4-hour street parking available near the gardens.
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