The Japanese Tea Garden

San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden is a gorgeously landscaped world unto itself within Golden Gate Park. You do have to pay for entry, but there are excellent free walking tours. The history that the tour guide shares is quite riveting–of how the Hagiwara family maintained the grounds, and the prejudice they faced particularly during the time of World War II internment.

Our tour guide. Not pictured: his very shaggy pooch!

The bushes are trimmed to look like they’re snow-capped.

This walkway is meant to be reflective–when small puddles form between the rock slabs–to further elongate skyward.
Zen garden
Gingko biloba tree
The precision applied to each plant in this garden is exquisite. Love these undulating branches.
Moon Bridge. Quite steep!
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