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Japanese Tea Gardens

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Neighbourhood: Uptown Broadway
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Address: 3800 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3170
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+1 210-559-3148
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Originally a rock quarry, part of the tea garden came from a donation by...

Originally a rock quarry, part of the tea garden came from a donation by George W. Brackenridge and another section from Emma Koehler. In 1915 Ray Lambert, city parks commissioner, thought it would make a nice location for a lily pond. Ultimately, it grew to become a tea garden. The latest renovations began in 2007 and cost about $1.6 million, compared with the $7,000 Lambert originally spent to open the park. It is a Registered Texas Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Nice Garden to check out if you are in San Antonio

This is a garden that was made in a limestone quarry, so many of the buildings, terraces, structures are built with this stone. It is sunken so you look down at it from the house... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a garden that was made in a limestone quarry, so many of the buildings, terraces, structures are built with this stone. It is sunken so you look down at it from the house where you can purchase tea. The pond is the main feature with many walking paths. Be sure to check out the waterfall and the bamboo... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We absolutely loved the garden We couldn't believe how beautiful it was, pictures does the garden no justice. Definitely recommend people check this out especially couples it's such a beautiful site

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Same location just different names lol... The entry arch says Chinese Tea Garden, but according to City Parks and Recreation it was renamed in 2008 to Japanese Tea Garden. If visiting the Zoo and Park worth the extra jaunt. Parking near the Gardens is limited.

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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I were awestruck at the beauty of this spot. We had never heard of it. It was a must-see spot and would be amazing for weddings!

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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a weekday to the gardens. Very small and compact, but very pretty. I could see in the warmed weather when more flowers and shrubs blooming this would be a wonderful spot. We visited in the first week of Feb. As the month went on, and the weather warmed up, on the weekends this place is crazy busy.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd love to return for tea - but wrong time of day for us and a bus to catch. We did visit this from our two-day bus pass. Not many flowers in February, but assume spring would be lovely.

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Mae Faek
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a beautiful place so close to the city. And free! This is a large garden created from an old quarry. It's a good walk around it, allowing you to view the gardens from many different perspectives. Beautiful from wherever you look. There is also a very nice tea house which also serves bento box lunches. I was told they're... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Little was in bloom as expected in early March. For us it wouldn't have mattered as we have a walking problem. There was a handicap ramp leading to the overview of the Gardens, which are about 8 stories above the Gardens, but NO handicap ramp leading down to the Garden itself. If you're not in good walking/climbing shape you ain't... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This garden is a true gem, beautifully arranged, clean and very tranquil, but – and that is a BIG but, the freeway US281 is passing very close – so I strongly recommend earbuds/noice cancelling headphones. Or just stay close to the waterfall. If your close it actually shouts down the freeway.

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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here and were very surprised by everything about the place. It is very quaint and almost magical with its blend of Japanese culture, teas, and stone work. It is ming boggling to think of the amount of time and effort that went into laying all of that stone. For the price, FREE!, stop here, wonder around a bit,... More 

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