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Kubota Garden

9817 55th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118
+1 206-684-4584
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Small but beautiful

I love Japanese gardens, and this one is very nice, very peaceful as it should be, and very calming.

Reviewed yesterday
Newcastle, Washington
Seattle or Japan??!!

As someone who lived in mainland Japan for over two years I was rather impressed with the care and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Kubota Garden is a 20-acre American-Japanese garden that was the vision of Japanese immigrant Fujitaro Kubota when he purchased the first 5-acres of logged off swampland in 1927. The garden grew to 20-acres and was developed concurrent with Kubota's landscaping business. He returned to the garden and continued its development after being incarcerated during WWII. In 1981, the 4.5 acre core was designated a Historic Landmark, and the City of Seattle purchased the garden from the Kubota family in 1987. The garden is an urban oasis, criss-crossed with streams and paths, ponds and waterfalls, rich with flora and fauna and a popular destination year-round. The garden is maintained by the City, and supported by the Kubota Garden Foundation.
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9817 55th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118
+1 206-684-4584
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Reviewed yesterday

I love Japanese gardens, and this one is very nice, very peaceful as it should be, and very calming.

Thank crossle27
Reviewed 1 week ago

As someone who lived in mainland Japan for over two years I was rather impressed with the care and detail in this recreation of an authentic Japanese garden. I'd highly recommend this to all who are curious and/or interested.

Thank Dominick V
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this lovely garden on a Thursday morning. Spent about two hours meandering along the trails and only saw a half dozen other visitors. Quiet, contemplative, easy to navigate with numerous places to sit and ponder made for a relaxing stroll. My only negative...More

Thank happytobehere73
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've read some of the reviews on here and some of the negative ones have compelled me to respond to certain statements. I've walked this garden, mostly with my Chihuahua for the last few years. I live nearby and count myself lucky to have this...More

2  Thank pamela785
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This was an after-thought but with the azalea and rhododendron in bloom in May the areas overlooking the pond were tranquil and brilliant.

Thank Jean M
Reviewed 7 June 2017

This beautiful garden was the creation of the Kubota family. They deeded it to the city of Seattle and it is now part of the Seattle Parks system. Take your time to explore - best in Spring & Summer. It is not a good place...More

Thank Madronaguy
Reviewed 4 June 2017

I don't visit often but when I do I always am awed and delighted. I grew up nearby and my parents were volunteers for the gardens but my visits have mostly been since my parents have passed away. I do know many people work hard...More

2  Thank Ruth S
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Easy parking wonderful garden to spend an hour or two. We had it to ourselves due to a light rain at the time. I would like to return in the fall season.

Thank Stjudemomcat
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Beautiful Japanese garden with small waterfalls. The flowers and plants are colorful and blooming. And they don't charge fees to get in. Although there is a donation box at the entrance but not required.

Thank Dennis F
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Everyone must visit this garden at least once. I did so a couple of Spring/Summer ago. Just gorgeous and breathtaking. i enjoyed the Koi fish, they are people friendly too.

Thank FancyBelle
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Jonathan J
5 May 2017|
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Response from KubotaGardenFoundatn | Property representative |
There is no cost. Kubota Garden is free.
Tawny P
4 April 2016|
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Response from Disodora | Reviewed this property |
It's easy to find using gps or map. Basically it is in south Seattle between I-5 and Rainier Beach.
20 February 2016|
Response from KGFoundation | Property representative |
Less than $1000 for 4 hours. Weddings are booked by Seattle Parks. Go to our website and see the Visit/About the Garden page for more information.