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.
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
The Lambert Room
The Lambert Room provides an ideal setting for club and board luncheons, wedding and baby showers, tea parties, or birthdays and can be reserved for private dining during public hours and hold the capacity of 40 guests. For parties of 6 of more a 20% service applies. For parties of 15 or more a room rental fee may apply. Custom menus are available for private events as well as offerings from the Jingu House Cafe menu.
Rental Fees: Daytime weekday events start at $150 for up to a 2-hour rental of the Lambert Room, $200 for daytime weekend events. Daytime private events can be held from 10 AM – 5 PM and minimum food, beverage fees apply starting at $350 for weekday events and $500 for weekend events.
Daytime Special Event and Wedding Packages
Plan your special event or wedding for groups up to 50, during daytime hours 9 AM to 4 PM at the iconic Pavilion.
Pavilion in Upper Garden
- $350 for 1st hour reservation (Maximum 2-hour rental, $235 for 2nd hour rental)
- $50 per hour Security Fee
- Maximum Capacity: 50 guests
Waterfall & Lower Garden
- $225 for 1-hour reservation (Maximum 1-hour rental)
- $50 Security Fee
Daytime Chair Package at $295
- Package includes, on-site Venue Manager, water station, up to 50 folding chairs, one linen-draped ceremony table, set-up, clean-up, trash removal, and use of Jingu House restrooms. Package applicable to Pavilion only.
*Venue rental fee and security fee additional
Evening Weddings and Events
The Jingu House, patio, pavilion and upper garden are available for private dining or events after 5 PM and can accommodate up to 300 guests. The Jingu House is an ideal setting for wedding receptions, corporate or private social events, rehearsal dinners, cocktail receptions, and private dining.
Sunday through Thursday:
- 100 Guests- $500
- 101 to 200 Guests- $600
- 201 to 300 Guests- $700
Plus security, rentals, and food/beverage services.
Friday and Saturday:
- Up to 149 Guests- $1000
- 150 to 300 Guests- $1250
Plus security, rentals, and food/beverages services.
( March – October )
Open Daily – 10 am to 5pm
( 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
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.
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.