japanese tea garden

The tea service at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park is somewhat of a caricature of the high art of the Japanese tea ceremony. Admittedly a tourist attraction but a worthy destination for locals as well, it is the oldest Japanese Tea Garden in the U.S. The lush setting, with its pavilions, koi ponds, graceful wood bridges, bronze Buddha and fountains, makes up for the rather uninspired but efficient tea service. Fortune cookies and rice crackers come with your jasmine, green or oolong tea, brought to you by servers dressed in kimonos. If you are new to tea, you might want to start here.

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