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In the heart of San Antonio, Texas, lies a tranquil oasis, the Japanese Tea Garden. This historic, scenic garden, full of winding paths, koi-filled ponds, and gorgeous floral displays beneath bent trees, provides a peaceful retreat for both locals and tourists to enjoy.

History

The Japanese Tea Garden was developed on an abandoned rock quarry as part of Brackenridge Park in the early 20th century by city parks commissioner, Ray Lambert. Working closely with a Japanese artist Kinjiro Ninomiya, Lambert transformed the space into a picturesque Japanese-style garden. Today, it’s one of the top-ranked San Antonio attractions due to its beauty, history, and commitment to community enrichment.

How to get there

The garden is situated within Brackenridge Park in San Antonio and is a quick ten-minute drive from San Antonio’s downtown. Public transportation options include the VIA Metropolitan Transit bus routes, which have stops near the park. For those staying downtown, a short ride with services like Uber or Lyft can also get you there.

List of Attractions

Exquisite features like the towering Waterfall, the charming Koi Ponds, and the vibrant Jingu House Café are must-visits. Enjoy a peaceful stroll across the Stone Bridges and marvel at the wide array of flora in the Flower Display. Specialized events and exhibits take place throughout the year, enhancing the tranquil ambiance.

Ticket Information

Entrance to the Japanese Tea Garden is free of charge to all visitors. There’s an additional cost for food and beverages bought from the Jingu House Café within the garden.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Early morning visits offer serenity and avoid peak crowds.
  2. Wear comfortable walking shoes; the garden paths can be steep in some areas.
  3. Make sure to bring a camera; the vibrant colors of the garden provide perfect photo opportunities.
  4. Consider packing a picnic, though do remember to leave no trace behind.
  5. Stop by the Jingu House Café and try their selections of tea and Asian-inspired foods.
  6. Check their calendar for any special events or flower displays occurring during your visit.

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