Texas Bucket List: J – Japanese Tea Garden ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet


A couple of years ago, At Home Dad and I spent about a week in San Francisco for our 20th anniversary. One of my favorite parts was wandering through so many of the gardens. One we went through was the Japanese Tea Garden. It was beautiful and interesting. (These pictures are from the San Francisco garden.)

Japanese Tea Garden San Francisco

I recently found out that there is a Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio. That means just a couple of hours away! And I had no idea. It looks absolutely beautiful. I am hoping that before too long we can take a trip down there and visit the garden. It probably will have to be an overnight trip; we have done a day trip to go to Sea World before and it was a HARD day!

The land was originally donated for a public part back in the early 1900s. It was originally designed with a lily pond, walkways, and a Japanese pagoda. During WWII, due to anti-Japanese sentiment, the garden was recognized as a Chinese sunken garden. It was operated by a Chinese family until the 1960s. In 1984, it was rededicated as the Japanese Tea Garden and has since undergone a massive refurbishing and restoration.

This long history is surprising to me as we have spent quite a bit of time in San Antonio – the annual music educators convention which we have gone to a number of times and we went there for our honeymoon. I have not heard of these gardens until now.

Definitely – this one is on the bucket list!

At Home.

Previous Letters in the series:
A – Abilene’s Storybook Sculpture Project 
B – Big Bend
C – Congress Avenue Bridge and the Bat Colony
D – Dr Pepper Museum
E – Enchanted Rock
F – Flowers
G – Gulf Coast
H – Hot Air Balloons
I – Independence, TX



This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

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8 thoughts on “Texas Bucket List: J – Japanese Tea Garden ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

  1. Annette V July 18, 2018 at 9:05 pm Reply

    I hope you get to go and if so, that you thoroughly enjoy your time there.

  2. Kristen July 19, 2018 at 12:35 pm Reply

    We have a Japanese Tea Garden in our area – my mom has been but I haven’t had the chance to go yet.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome July 28, 2018 at 11:46 am Reply

      I loved the one we visited in CA and can’t wait to visit San Antonio again to visit this one.

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  4. Desiree W. June 16, 2021 at 11:29 am Reply

    We have a Japanese garden in Portland which is not too far of a drive for us. We have visited it twice and both times it has been just so beautiful. This one looks like it has some amazing things to see! Did you ever get to visit the one close to you?

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