Japanese Tea Garden

Gardens in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Since 1894, this picturesque 5-acre garden has blushed with cherry blossoms in spring, flamed red with maple leaves in fall, and induced visitors to lose track of time in its meditative Zen Garden. The bonsai grove was cultivated by the Hagiwara family, who returned from WWII Japanese American internment camps to discover that many of their prized miniature evergreens had been sold – they spent decades recovering them. Visit the Tea House for tea and fortune cookies, introduced to the US right here.

Free daily tours cover the garden's history; for times, see www.sfcityguides.org/desc.html?tour=102.