The Japanese Tea Garden reopened with infrastructure rehabilitation to the facility, to include walkways, piping, filtration, wall repairs, and pond sealing. The restored garden features a lush year-round garden and a floral display with shaded walkways, stone bridges, a 60-foot waterfall and ponds filled with Koi.
Members of the Jingu family, which lived and worked in the Garden, in the 1920s, attended a ceremony, along with the descendents of Ray Lambert, the Park Commissioner who conceived of the idea of turning an abandoned rock quarry into a "lily pond," also attended.
The Parks Foundation is pursuing its next phase of improvement that will add lighting to the lower garden. The Japanese Tea Garden features areas available for rent, which are ideal for small weddings, a memorial service, as well as an area for large corporate gatherings, not to mention the renovated Jingu House Café. Come visit one of San Antonio’s historical jewels centrally located, just a short distance from downtown. The Jingu House is now open to visitors wishing to enjoy a menu of sandwiches, salads, Asian dishes and a variety of hot and cold teas. View the Jingu House Cafe hours and a complete menu.
The Japanese Tea Garden is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk and is wheelchair accessible. Additionally, the Jingu House and patio, along with the pavilion and waterfall area are available for weddings, luncheons, or other special events through advance reservation.
The garden is free to the community.