The Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden has a glorious history of over 90 years,

from the time it was an operating rock quarry to today, as one of the most loved, educational and cultural resources in San Antonio.

The quarry was shaped into a complex that included walkways, stone arch bridges, an island and a Japanese pavilion. The garden was termed the lily pond, and local residents donated bulbs to beautify the area. Exotic plants were provided by the City nursery and the City Public Service Company donated the lighting system. The pavilion was roofed with palm leaves from trees in City parks.

The San Antonio Parks Foundation completed infrastructure rehabilitation to the facility, to include walkways, piping, filtration, wallrepairs, 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.

The City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Parks Foundation are pleased to make this beautiful space available for your next special event. For questions, comments, or concerns please see the contact information below.

Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden is a great location for a photo shoot.

The Pavilion, Waterfall, and Koi ponds are a perfect background. A photo permit is required in order to take photos at the Japanese Tea Garden. Permits can be bought on this webpage or at the Jingu House located at the Japanese Tea Garden. For more information, click the button below for our information sheet. (Note: Permits are not required for camera phone pictures)


Purchase a Photo Permit

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The Lambert Room

The Lambert Room can be reserved for private dining during public hours and hold the capacity of 40 guests. This private and personal setting is a great venue for club or board luncheons, wedding or baby showers, and afternoon teas.

Daytime Event and Wedding Packages

Pavilion, Lower Garden and Waterfall area – available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. only Rental Fees: Minimum one hour reservation required. Rental fees include required security officer and photography permit.

The Pavilion

–Maximum capacity is 50 guests

  • $275 first hour; $235 additional hour (maximum rental is two hours*) $200 refundable damage waiver fee is required. Non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total rental fee is required.

The Waterfall Area-The Lower Garden Area

  • $175 for one hour (maximum rental is one hour*), $125 refundable damage waiver fee is required. Non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total rental fee is required

Evening Event and Wedding Packages

After Hours Rentals Upper Garden Area, Pavilion & Jingu House – available from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. only Rental Fees: Rental fees include use of the Jingu House Café, the adjacent Patio, the Pavilion and the Lower Garden after sunset. Maximum capacity in the entire Upper Garden and Jingu House area is approximately 300 guests.

Sundays through Thursdays:

  • $200 per hour (minimum rental is two hours*), $250 refundable damage waiver fee is required. Non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total rental fee is required.

Fridays and Saturdays:

  • $800 flat rate, $400 refundable damage waiver fee is required. Non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total rental fee is required.

Summer Hours

( March – October )

Open Daily – 10 am to 5pm

Winter Hours

( November – February )

Closed on Mondays – November 1st till March 1st
Open Tuesday – Friday 11 am to 3 pm
Open Saturday – Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

Japanese Tea Garden

Pricing: Free Admission
Garden Hours: Sunrise to Sunset, 7 days a week,
365 days a year
3853 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio,

TX 78212, United States


The Pavilion

Located near the entrance to the Japanese Tea Garden and immediately adjacent to

the Jingu House restaurant and patio, the Pavilion is a large, open area featuring gorgeous stone columns and a stunning view of the Tea Garden’s lily ponds and waterfall. The shady thatched roof and beautiful construction make the Pavilion a perfect spot for weddings, vow renewals, or any other event you can think of.

Maximum guests allowed in The Pavilion for day events is 50 visitors , and is wheelchair accessible.

The Waterfall

Waterfall is located in the lower level of the Japanese Tea Garden.

The Waterfall area offers guests a quiet, intimate location perfect for a small wedding ceremony. The City of San Antonio has constructed a small platform nestled in a thicket of bamboo, using the beautiful Waterfall as a backdrop to create the perfect romantic setting for your special event.

The Waterfall is restricted to 10 guests, and is NOT wheelchair accessible. No tables or chairs may be set up in the Waterfall area. The Waterfall is available for one-hour reservations only.

The Jingu House Cafe

Renovation of the Jingu House was completed in October of 2011

and is now available as the ideal space for receptions, showers, parties, and meet-and-greets. The Jingu House restaurant is right on site at the Japanese Tea Garden, located near the entrance and adjacent to the Pagoda. Featuring two rooms indoors and a large patio area, the Jingu House holds up to 75 guests and is wheelchair accessible. It is available for rentals starting any day after 4:00 PM.