San Francisco real estate is bursting with life. The hustle and bustle of the city draws in crowds of visitors and keeps residents constantly busy with adventures. Locals seeking a respite often find themselves drawn to the Japanese Tea Garden. As one of the oldest Japanese gardens in the United States the tranquility and grace of the space has appealed to generations. Tradition runs deep here and can felt amongst the authentic plants, ponds and buildings.

It’s Time for Tea on San Francisco Property

One of the most beloved spots to dwell in is the Tea House. Set in the center of the garden, the quaint structure boasts a traditional menu with a variety of teas and snacks. Interestingly enough, it was on this part of the San Francisco property that the American fortune cookie was introduced. The original cookies from Japan held more of a savory taste but were sweetened and presented in this very tea house to customers in the early 1900’s. Today diners are still presented with a fortune cookie after they finish their meal.

While the views are peaceful all around, the history surrounding the San Francisco Japanese Garden is a bit bittersweet overall. Designed as the “Japanese Village” for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition, the grounds remained in Golden Gate Park after the event closed and was maintained by the garden’s landscape architect Makoto Hagiwara. The Hagiwara family made the garden their home and cared for it until being detained in internment camps with other Japanese in 1942. Unfortunately when released from the camp the Hagiwaras were not welcomed back to the garden to live.

Embrace the beauty within San Francisco real estate. The Japanese Garden is open daily with seasonal hours for summer and winter. A nominal fee is charged for admission. Complimentary admission to the garden is offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings before 10 a.m.