Japanese Tea Garden

Sanctuary of Serenity

Take a slow stroll among bonsai trees and koi fish at Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Originally built as the Japanese Village for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition, the garden was designed by Makoto Hagiwara, who is also rumored to have invented the fortune cookie. Today, the Japanese Tea Garden boasts traditional monuments, bowed bridges, native Japanese plants and trees, serene ponds—and some of the best photo ops in the city. Climb up the moon bridge, and don’t miss the pagoda. Be sure to have traditional tea service at the teahouse, where waitresses don silk kimonos. Stop by the gift shop for authentic souvenirs.

9 am-6 pm; Mon, Wed, Fri free admission if entered by 10 am. Adults $7; seniors (65+) and youth (12-17) $5; children (5-11) $2; 4 and under free. 7 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park, 415.666.3232, www.japaneseteagardensf.com.

Erin Roth