The Japanese Tea Gardens definitely weren’t on the top of my bucket list when I visited San Fransisco but after a few days of exploring and fitting in as much as I possibly could, I realised that I needed a change of pace and the Japanese Tea Gardens seemed like just the place for some relaxation.

Japanese Tea Gardens, San Fransisco

The blurb on the website says the following:

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.

I read this description when I was sat in my hotel room searching for something to do that day that would be relaxing and it sounded perfect!  It sounded like exactly what I was looking for so after a breakfast of leftover cheesecake factory cheesecake, I packed up my Kindle, my camera and a bottle of water and headed there with no idea really what to expect.

Must Visit Places: Japanese Tea Gardens, San Francisco

It really was the ideal place to visit for some relaxation although I should say that both of my teenagers and my husband would have been bored to tears as there wasn’t actually much to ‘do’.  For me, I enjoyed wandering around the gardens with my camera among all the beautiful pagodas and statues. The varieties of beautiful plants included lots that I’d never seen before and the beautiful pond areas were so relaxing that I couldn’t help but just sit.

I found it really therapeutic if I’m honest and walking down the pretty winding stepping stone paths was just what I needed.

I did draw the line at walking over this little bridge though.

I can’t upload most of my photos as my Macbook is telling me that they’re corrupt for some reason but I think you’ll get a good idea of what you can expect from what I do have.

Must Visit Places: Japanese Tea Gardens, San Francisco

Must Visit Places: Japanese Tea Gardens, San Francisco

You can find lots more photos in the album I’ve set up on the Wanderlust and Me Facebook page.

Top Tip – I took my Kindle and found a quiet space to sit and read.  It was such a lovely couple of hours for me and just what I needed.

How to get there – The main entrance to the Japanese Tea Garden is near the entrance to Golden Gate Park.  There’s a free city shuttle bus that stops close enough to the entrance which you can find out more about here.

Cost – $9.00 for adults, $6 for Seniors and Youths and $3 for children.  You can get free admission on a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday as long as you’re through the gate by 10 am.

Opening hours – Winter: 9am – 4:45pm and Summer: 9am – 5:45pm

Find more information on the Japanese Tea Gardens website.

The above details are correct at the time of publishing but as always, it’s worth checking their website to make sure nothing’s changed and that they’ll be open when you’re planning to visit.

Thanks so much for reading today, I’d love to hear what you think so please do leave a comment to let me know or even just to say hello.  If you’d like to find out a bit more about me then have a read all about me here. You can also find me over on Instagram, Facebook or on one of my two other blogs – the diary of a frugal family and meal planning made easy.

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