21. Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

The Japanese tea Garden in Golden Gate State Park has some interesting history behind it –it was built by a Japanese American in the late 1800’s for an international exposition. He invested his own money, but after World War II began, he was sent to an interment camp in 1942.  

The city has maintained and reconstructed elements of the park since then. It is gorgeous and peaceful, with pagodas and a zen garden.
                                                             
We enjoyed a nice walk around Stow Lake, with azaleas, rhododendrons and other flowering bushes blooming, identified a breed of duck I hadn’t seen before – the American Coot–paddling in the lake, with the beautiful scent of eucalyptus all around.

After our walk, we had to indulge in more beer tasting, with fried calamari and fish and chips as an appetizer before dinner! YUMMO.

It’s going to be hard to leave this place– we love it!

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