Destination: Japanese Tea Garden

I am so obsessed with spring because of all the pretty colorful flowers in bloom.It’s been raining so much these past few months so the arrival of spring is definitely welcomed. So many flowers like lilies, tulips, and ranunculus are in bloom now.

But cherry blossoms are one of my favorites.

Japanese Tea Garden | Cooking with a Wallflower

The cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Golden Gate Park, and they are especially gorgeous in the Japanese Tea Garden. If you’re in the San Francisco area, you should definitely make it a priority to visit the Japanese Tea Garden while the cherry blossoms are still in bloom.

Japanese Tea Garden | Cooking with a Wallflower

Japanese Tea Garden | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s been really difficult to do normal every day things lately, and even more so right after my grandma’s funeral. I think part of it is that prior to the ceremony, it was easy to pretend that none of it had happened. But during and after the ceremony, it became a reality.

Normally, on my day off, I would go shopping for ingredients, create dishes, plate them, and photograph them. But lately, I just haven’t had the inspiration. It’s been so hard to get back into routine. And I needed to do something different.

Japanese Tea Garden | Cooking with a Wallflower

Japanese Tea Garden | Cooking with a Wallflower

I seriously love the koi fish!

Japanese Tea Garden | Cooking with a Wallflower

My sister and I both had last Wednesday off, so we went to Golden Gate Park and then out to lunch. I needed an escape. And the Japanese Tea Garden felt like the perfect place for it. Since I went early in the morning, right when they opened, it was quiet and serene, for the most part.

Japanese Tea Garden | Cooking with a Wallflower

Japanese Tea Garden | Cooking with a Wallflower

Japanese Tea Garden | Cooking with a Wallflower

Japanese Tea Garden | Cooking with a Wallflower

Japanese Tea Garden | Cooking with a Wallflower

Isn’t the Japanese Tea Garden so pretty? Have you been before? And what is your favorite local getaway spot? I would love to hear from you!

Japanese Tea Garden | Cooking with a Wallflower

39 comments

  1. NoOneKnows says:

    Currently my daughter is in Japan teaching in the JET Program and I believe she is the happiest she has ever been. She is very much in love with Japanese culture and exploring all the unique parts of Japan that feature the Cherry Blossom Festivals.

  2. cristina61 says:

    The Japanese Tea Garden is one of my most favorite places, but I’ve never been there for the cherry blossoms. The nearby Botanical Garden is also a marvelous place to wander and feel connected to nature. I spent an entire afternoon there last August.

  3. updownflight says:

    Beautiful photographs! I loved the Japanese tea garden and used to enjoy tea and Japanese cookies there occasionally. I lived in Berkeley for a couple of years and would go to the Golden Gate Park whenever I could.

  4. Kathryn Grace says:

    I am sorry for the loss of your grandmother. Death is hard. No doubt about it. But what a beautiful place to rest and give your soul a little peace. It’s been awhile since I last had tea at the Japanese Tea Garden. Thanks for reminding me. I’ll take my grandchildren there this week sometime. What a treat!

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