Picture of the Day: The Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park

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Absolutely my favorite place in all of San Francisco, Golden Gate Park is one of the best-designed urban sanctuaries ever made. A perfect intercontinental bookend to New York’s Central Park, Golden Gate has museums, an exquisite indoor botanical garden and what I would consider the crown jewel, the Japanese tea garden.

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The Buddha blesses all who enter the tea garden.

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This garden just exudes serenity.

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The lushly textured shrubbery is a serene respite from the city.

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There is a tea house in the garden where you can enjoy green tea and a light snack for a nominal fee.

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A very steep bridge

 

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Front view of the bridge

 

While there is usually a small fee to enter, if you arrive before 10am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, it is free.

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The whole of Golden Gate Park is marvelous, but don’t miss the Tea Garden. Because everyone needs to relax now and zen. 

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