The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park is the type of Japanese garden known as a wet walking garden, although it has a Zen garden, or dry garden area as well. It is the oldest public Japanese garden in California. The Tea Garden is a direct descendant of the California Mid-Winter Exposition held in the park from January to December 1894. Today’s Japanese Tea Garden, although changed from the original Japanese village, has still a few reminders of the 1894 exposition. These include the splendid Moon (or Drum) Bridge, the Tea House and the pond with its small island in front of the Tea House.
The Japanese Tea Garden has many reasons to attract visitors: natural beauty, tranquility, unique plants and flowers, exotic fish and birds are just a few to name. This very peaceful place really takes you a world away from all worlds, where you can just peacefully enjoy nature’s beauty.