Welcome to the
Golden Gate Park
75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
9:00am - 6:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
Last entry 30 minutes before closing
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9:00am - 10:00am
Non Resident Admission
|Seniors (ages 65+ w/ID)||$7|
|Youth (ages 12-17)||$7|
|Children (ages 5-11)||$3|
|Children (under 5)||
|San Francisco Residents and Veterans||
MUSEUMS FOR ALL
All visitors receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) are offered free general admission. Free admission may be redeemed by presenting a valid EBT card upon entry. Full-priced admission to special exhibitions, events, and programs still applies.
HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES
Under guidance from local and state health authorities, the Japanese Tea Garden’s reopening accounts for the following health precautions. For the health and safety of Japanese Tea Garden visitors and staff, please follow our new guidelines:
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).
People who are outdoors in close proximity to other people who are not part of their Household are strongly encouraged to wear a Well-Fitted Mask.
Restrooms are open. Restrooms right outside the gates behind the Music Bandshell are also open and available for visitors.
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.
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, 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.