In 1915, the city requested a Japanese immigrant and his wife to transform an old rock quarry into a Japanese-styled garden, ... More
Japanese Tea Gardens (Sunken Gardens)
In 1915, the city requested a Japanese immigrant and his wife to transform an old rock quarry into a Japanese-styled garden, and a man named Mr. Kimi Eizo Jingu agreed to the task. He started with a rock house, which still stands today and is surrounded by winding pebble walkways, stone bridges, a waterfall and tranquil pools. His work transformed the old rock quarry into a garden filled with lily ponds and lush green vegetation. With the onset of World War II and the growing anti-Japanese sentiment that surrounded it, the city council changed the garden's name to "Chinese Sunken Garden." In 1983, the original name was finally restored.
Reviews for Japanese Tea Gardens (Sunken Gardens): 3
Peace & Tranquility
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 07/06/2005
When I was younger, my father was in the military and I was fortunate enough to have lived in Japan. When I got married, my wife and I honeymooned in San Antonio. We found this beautiful garden while on our way to the San Antonio Zoo. It was like stepping back in time and across space back into Japan. The trees, ponds, flowers and waterfalls are captivating. Tranquility flows through the enormous garden. I would suggest a visit to this wonderful garden to anyone who is going to be in the San Antonio area. And hey, if you don't enjoy it, it's free admission, so nothing lost.