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Japanese Tea Garden

The San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden, or Sunken Gardens in Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, Texas, opened in an abandoned limestone rock … See more


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Dec 13, 2022
The River Walk, the River Walk, the River Walk! Our total visit was such a pleasure from the excitement of the Mi Tierra Restaurant to the great barbecue at Two Bros. Fun was everywhere. Full review by Agroves47
Dec 13, 2022
We happened upon this place simply because we took an Uber to the San Antonio Zoo, only to find the zoo was closed due to a private event. This garden was about 1-2 blocks walking distance from the … Full review by LucyBigButt
Dec 11, 2022
Very serene atmosphere, the grounds are well kept, beautiful place to relax and enjoy the peaceful nature. Full review by BeautifulBBW


Stunningly Beautiful
The Japanese Tea Garden reopened in March 2008, with fanfare that included a serenade of Japanese songs by Tafoyalla Middle School Japanese students, keyboard by Carol Gulley, calligraphy and origami demonstrations, and an enormous Koi-shaped cake. The garden had been closed while the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department and the San Antonio Parks Foundation completed infrastructure rehabilitation to the facility, to include walkways, piping, filtration, wall repairs, and pond sealing. The restored garden features a lush year-round garden and a floral display with shaded walkways, stone bridges, a 60-foot waterfall and ponds filled with Koi. The project cost $1,587,470 funded from public and private sources including the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio Parks Foundation, and Friends of the Parks.Members of the Jingu family, which lived and worked in the Garden, in the 1920s, attended the ceremony, along with the descendents of Ray Lambert, the Park Commissioner who conceived of the idea of turning an abandoned rock quarry into a "lily pond," also attended.The Parks Foundation is pursuing its next phase of improvement that will add lighting to the lower garden. The Japanese Tea Garden features areas available for rent, which are ideal for small weddings, a memorial service, as well as an area for large corporate gatherings, not to mention the renovated Jingu House Café. Come visit one of San Antonio’s historical jewels centrally located, just a short distance from downtown.
Peaceful and Tranquil
This particular Japanese Garden has a bit of an unwieldy history. Built on the site of what was originally a quarry, the only initial Japanese influences were a Japanese pagoda and then a Japanese Torii Gate. In 1919 the city invited, Kimi Eizo Jingu, a local artist was invited to move into the garden and he and his wife opened up the Bamboo Room, serving light lunches. Post WWII, the place began to fall into disrepair and only in 2005 did some serious restoration work started. So what to do here? Well, the Sushi is quite good. It’s clean, and peaceful and tranquil. It’s not that large so there isn’t much to explore, but every corner of the place has been crated with such an attention to detail that you could spend a good while just appreciating each one. Bronze signs guide you over the five acres of this place. And you should really try and climb up the drum bridge – it only counts of you, do it gracefully. Bringing Japan to America the Japanese Tea Gardens are nothing short of a blissful delight. Japanese Tea Gardens Tickets are easily available at sight. To avail some good discounts on the same, check out our tickets section for a good deal on Tickets for Japanese Tea Gardens. As you buy tickets for Japanese Tea Gardens you can also enjoy its adjoining attractions also included in our tours. Japanese Tea Gardens ticket prices are very reasonable and if you Book tickets for Japanese Tea Gardens from our tickets section, you only save some more!
A Picturesque Paradise
A gorgeous garden oasis breathes new life into a shuttered quarry. Stone trails meander through the grounds, leading explorers over quaint stone bridges that criss-cross tranquil patches of blue-green water. In its past life, the Japanese Tea Garden was a rock quarry that had been given to the city of San Antonio. When city officials decided to transform it into a lily pond and garden in the early 20th century, they turned to a Japanese family with an intimate knowledge of the subject. As the family became the caretakers, they worked with the city to develop the old quarry into a picturesque paradise by adding wandering paths, stone bridges, and a large pagoda. They also served light lunches and tea. Sadly, the family was relocated in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack and the garden was rebranded as a Chinese tea garden. The family was among the many that were rounded up and placed in camps as backlash against Japanese-Americans ensued nationwide. Once the war was over, the name of the garden was changed back to the Japanese Tea Garden permanently. San Antonio took complete control of the garden in the early 2000s after some years of neglect and vandalism. The city put over a million dollars worth of repairs and restorations into it. Today, the garden offers the city a glimpse of Asian architecture and garden design. Stone paths and bridges, koi ponds, a pagoda, and waterfalls all add to its beauty. Meander down to see the koi and turtles while butterflies and hummingbirds inspect the many flowers and plants nearby. Be sure to take photographs and explore the bamboo patch.

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