The Japanese Tea Garden has been on my sight seeing list for as long as I've visited or lived in San Francisco. I love the relaxed feel and the oasis that temporarily protects me from the outside world. The Japanese Tea Garden was originally built as part of a sprawling California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. It's the oldest facility of its kind in the US and is apparently where fortune cookies were first introduced in North America. This quaint 5 acre complex features many paths, ponds, tea house features, sculptures, bridges, as well as various native Japanese and Chinese plants. You'll never really see it all in a single visit and I certainly learn something new each time that I return.