Japanese Tea Gardens, San Antonio

Built in an old rock quarry, the Japanese Tea Gardens are one of the hidden jewels of San Antonio, and as I say so many times, if you never get beyond the Riverwalk or theme parks, you’re missing so much that this beautiful city has to offer!


The Gardens are FREE, and open year-round.  While there is never a bad time to visit, Summer is my favorite!

This is the entrance to the Japanese Tea Gardens.  If you’ll notice, the sign above their head reads, “Chinese Tea Gardens”.  Click HERE to read why the name was changed, and some of the history of the gardens!


You’ll see so many amazing creatures and colorful flowers!


But this is the view you came to see!

Huge Koi fish live in the water!


The Gardens are often crowded, especially on weekends.  A favorite destination for photographers, you’ll see brides and quinceaneras posing for pictures.  The Gardens can also be rented for weddings and special events!  Most photo sessions take place during the “Golden Hours”, usually 7am and again at 7pm during the summer, when the lighting is optimal.


There are trails that take you all around the gardens!


We climbed the steps up to the falls!  There are trails that will take you up above the falls, too!


Know Before You Go

Bring water and stay hydrated!


Things To Do in San Antonio


The Witte Museum has long been my favorite Texas museum, but the NEW Witte Museum, after just undertaking a 100 million dollar renovation, is AMAZING!  Click HERE to read more.

Explore the San Antonio Zoo!  Click HERE to read more!

Located in the Old Lone Star Brewery, the San Antonio Museum of Art is FREE on Tuesday and Sunday evenings. Click HERE to read more.


A fun BBQ stand with a big outdoor seating area, Augie’s Barbed Wire Smokehouse is located just across the street from the Japanese Gardens.  Click HERE to read more.


I love the Hotel Indigo, located on the Museum Reach of the SA Riverwalk. Click HERE for more information.


Japanese Tea Gardens

3853 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio

Click HERE to visit their website.    

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