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Japanese Tea Garden

Mission District, CA Attractions

Established by George Turner Marsh, an art dealer, for the 1894 California Midwinter Fair, the Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest Japanese-style garden in the United States. Highlights include examples of bonzai and other Japanese methods of tree trimming, meandering paths, ponds, a stream with a steeply arched moonbridge, and a large bronze Buddha, said to be the tallest outside Asia measuring 11 ft (3M) cast in Japan in 1790. Cherry blossoms and azaleas appear in late March and April. Overlooking the carefully manicured gardens and ponds, there is an open air pavilion serving traditional Japanese tea and almond cookies. It is located in the third of Golden Gate Park closest to downtown. There is an admission charge.