Around Town: Japanese Tea Garden

Around Town is a series where I take you on a tour of my latest home, San Antonio, Texas, a city rich in history, culture, and Tex-Mex food. So grab your sombrero, put on your boots, and let’s get exploring!

San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden, San Antonio Sunken Garden garden

When Troy and I first moved to San Antonio we were unemployed and on the hunt for some cheap (ie. free) things to do. That’s when we discovered San Antonio’s own personal oasis, The Japanese Tea Garden.

The Japanese Tea Garden is a public park that was originally opened in 1918. With a lovely lily pond filled with koi and several nooks and crannies to explore, Troy and I quickly fell in love with the garden. It’s the perfect place for a romantic walk, quiet contemplation over the secret of life (or world domination; pick your poison) and for spontaneous photo shoots. If having your photo taken professionally is more your style, make sure to schedule it with the park first. There are always lovebirds, new grads, or quinceΓ±eras waiting in the wings for their chance to shine.

So if you’re ever in San Antonio and looking for some free action, stop by the Japanese Tea Garden for some serene beauty and amazing photos.

San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden, San Antonio Sunken Garden

San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden

San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden, San Antonio Sunken Garden garden

san antonio japanese tea garden

What are some of your favorite cheap/free things to do in your city? Any other recommendations for San Antonio?

  • Lauren Gardner

    Wow, this looks amazing! I’ll have to check it out next time we head down to SA… our biggest complaint the last 2 times we’ve been there was that we didn’t know what to do other than the Alamo & the Riverwalk. Thanks for the rec!

    • You’re welcome! If you like animals, you should also check out the San Antonio Zoo, which is right next door to the garden. It’s the 3rd largest in the country. πŸ™‚

  • That is absolutely beautiful, am quite jealous right now

    • It is quite stunning! But England also has plenty of beautiful places to roam around in. πŸ™‚

  • Yes, but this looks fab.

    I have wanderlust again. Always happens in Winter!

    • I have a constant case of wanderlust! I think it’s time you visited Texas and that amazing Japanese Garden. πŸ˜€

  • I’ve visited San Antonio so many times and never knew about this. I’ll have to check it out next time we go!

    • It’s a very tranquil place to visit. πŸ™‚ And the zoo is right next door.

  • Who knew this beautiful Japanese garden existed in San Antonio? Lovely πŸ™‚