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Japanese Tea Gardens

3800 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3170
+1 210-559-3148
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3800 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3170
Uptown Broadway
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

Located by the zoo Japanese tea garden is good place relax. Easy hike through man made structures, trails, waterfalls and gardens. Great for kids, family or youngsters. This is also an excellent place to photoshoot especially, if you wanted wedding pictures. Try the natural tea...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2016

So nice and peaceful. A great way to spend the afternoon after you have had a nice meal. You can stroll thru and enjoy the view.

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Reviewed 1 October 2016

We enjoy walking along the trails. The Tea Gardens are peaceful. It was a bit hot when we were there, so early morning might be a better time if the heat bothers you.

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Reviewed 1 October 2016

I JUST went and could not believe I hadn't been here. I took my daughter and walked around, saw the large fish, took photos by the waterfall, and just strolled leisurely. It's not a "hot spot" at all, but a place that if you have...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2016

We decided to visit as we see the little buildings all the time when headed to or from zoo. It was nice, and free. There is a small water fall, ducks and other birds, flowers and beautiful stone structures. Great history as well. Great place...More

Thank Heather S
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

The Japanese Tea Gardens was an amazingly beautiful and peaceful place. It was almost magical as you follow the paths along the Koi pond and by the waterfall. Very relaxing! It is free too. There is a restaurant and small gift shop also.

Thank ddow40
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

The design of this garden is classic, hundreds of shades of green and splashes of other color, all groomed so that every vista is satisfying. Not over manicured but clearly in sync with simplicity, the central tenet of Japanese aesthetic. Water features to ground to...More

Thank lrbarile
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

A hidden gem - we popped over for a quick look before dinner back on the Riverwalk and we are so glad we did. We ended up staying for a few hours and enjoying some tea and popsicles in the Tea Room. The views and...More

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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We toured the gardens, beautiful! The only issue that I have is while walking the paths, there was a lot of trash. I can't believe that people are so disrespectful of the beautiful gardens. I highly recommend.

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Reviewed 13 September 2016

This past weekend (9/10-16), my husband and I visited the Japanese Tea Gardens. We hadn't been there for over 20 years. We spent a wonderful afternoon wandering through the gardens. Though it was a very hot day, in the gardens there was a cool breeze...More

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lissnichole97
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You may wonder why the ornate entry gate at San Antonio’s Japanese Tea Garden instead says “Chinese Tea Garden.” The reason links back to a Japanese-American family who once lived in the garden, and altered forever by... More
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Response from matsusie | Reviewed this property |
In general I would say it is not. However, there is a ramp near where you park that would get you into the elevated portion of the garden. This gives you a fantastic view over the whole garden in a shaded pavilion area. this... More
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