JTG

Welcome to the

Japanese Tea Garden

ADDRESS

Golden Gate Park
75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

HOURS

Wednesday - Sunday
9:00am - 5:45pm

Wednesday and Friday
9:00am - 10:00am
Free Hour

ADMISSION

General Admission

Adults (March – Sept)$12
Adults (Oct – Feb)$11
Seniors (ages 65+ w/ID)$7
Youth (ages 12-17)$7
Children (ages 5-11)$3
Children (under 5)FREE

San Francisco Residents Fees with ID

Adults (March – Sept)$7
Adults (Oct – Feb)$7
Seniors (ages 65+ w/ID)$4
Youth (ages 12-17)$4
Children (ages 5-11)$3
Children (under 5)FREE

HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES

Under guidance from local and state health authorities, the Japanese Tea Garden’s reopening accounts for the following social distancing and health precautions. For the health and safety of Japanese Tea Garden visitors and staff, please follow our new guidelines:

Showing Symptoms

If you do not feel well or have symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and avoid close contact with others, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Face Coverings

Face coverings must be worn by all staff and visitors, subject to the limited exceptions in Health Officer Order No. C19-12 (e.g., for young children), including as that order is amended in the future.

Accessible One-way Path

Guest walking traffic will follow an accessible one-way path to reduce crowding. Visitors will enter through the main gate and exit through the south gate.

Social Distancing

Please maintain six feet or more distance at all times.

E-Tickets

All guests are encouraged to reserve tickets online in advance, allowing us to safely control the crowd size to comply with large gathering protocols. Guests can purchase tickets ahead of time at https://japanese-tea-garden.square.site/s/shop. Tickets are not time or day specific. Once admitted, guests can stay as long as they please.

Restrooms

Restrooms and certain high-touch areas such as steep bridges will remain closed.

DIRECTIONS

Golden Gate Park
75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

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ABOUT US

The Japanese Tea Garden provides visitors from around the world with an opportunity to experience the natural beauty, tranquility and harmony of a Japanese-style garden in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

HISTORY

Originally created as a “Japanese Village” exhibit for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition, the site originally spanned about one acre and showcased a Japanese style garden. When the fair closed, Japanese landscape architect Makoto Hagiwara and superintendent John McLaren reached a gentleman’s agreement, allowing Mr. Hagiwara to create and maintain a permanent Japanese style garden as a gift for posterity. He became caretaker of the property, pouring all of his personal wealth, passion, and creative talents into creating a garden of utmost perfection. Mr. Hagiwara expanded the garden to its current size of approximately 5 acres where he and his family lived for many years until 1942 when they, along with approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans, were forced to evacuate their homes and move into internment camps. When the war was over, the Hagiwara family was not allowed to return to their home at the tea garden and in subsequent years, many Hagiwara family treasures were removed and new additions were made.

TODAY

Today, the Japanese Tea Garden endures as one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco, featuring classic elements such as an arched drum bridge, pagodas, stone lanterns, stepping stone paths, native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds and a zen garden. Cherry blossom trees bloom throughout the garden in March and April.

TEA HOUSE

Enjoy a meditative cup of tea and sample popular Japanese refreshments in the newly refurbished Tea House, featuring a custom-designed irori or farmhouse style family table. The Tea House is nestled in the center of The Japanese Tea Garden and overlooks the picturesque landscape and South-facing pond.

Tea House Menu – The Fortune Cookie

According to family members, Mr. Hagiwara introduced fortune cookies to the United States from Japan in the 1890’s or early 1900’s.  Initially, the cookies were made on site by hand using a special iron mold or kata. When demand grew, Mr. Hagiwara hired San Francisco confectioner Benkyodo to produce the fortune cookies in large quantities.  Original fortune cookies made in Japan were savory rather than sweet, and it is believed that Benkyodo developed a vanilla recipe for Mr. Hagiwara to make it more appealing to Western palates, the flavor that is now widely popular across the U.S.  The tradition of serving fortune cookies to Tea Garden visitors continues today; one is tucked inside every bowl of Japanese rice crackers or arare sold at the Tea House.

GIFT SHOP

Located above the Tea House on the Terrace level.

Purchase authentic Japanese items including tea and sake sets, glazed ceramic bowls and vases, kokeshi and daruma dolls, a variety of green teas, maneki neko figurines, and children’s collectibles. Like the Tea House, the Gift Shop possesses distinctively Japanese style in its architecture and interior design.