The Japanese Tea Garden in SF is the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States.
Originally developed as the Japanese Village for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition, the Tea Garden is now one of the most visited attractions in San Francisco. Landscape gardener Makoto Hagiwara designed the bulk of the rural-style garden, and was officially appointed caretaker in 1895. The Hagiwara family lived in a 17-room house in the Sunken Garden area for the next 48 years, until they were evicted in 1942 during the hysteria surrounding World War II. In the years to follow, many Hagiwara family treasures were removed or destroyed, but new additions were also made.