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Kubota Garden

9817 55th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118
+1 206-684-4584
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Japanese Gardens tucked into a neighborhood

It was a grand surprise to finally uncover this lovely park. Entrance is by donation. The map... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Sarah R
via mobile
Pleasant stroll

We spent about an hour wandering around this beautiful garden, which is a blend of Japanese gardens... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
Everett, Washington
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“japanese garden” (42 reviews)
“water features” (13 reviews)
“photo shoot” (4 reviews)
9817 55th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118
+1 206-684-4584
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

It was a grand surprise to finally uncover this lovely park. Entrance is by donation. The map provided was hard to use for navigating the park but it didn't matter if you were lost because each turn was lovely. We wandered for a couple of...More

1  Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We spent about an hour wandering around this beautiful garden, which is a blend of Japanese gardens and America gardens. The fall colors were beautiful, as were the rose hips and various berries. On our sunny October Sunday afternoon it wasn't crowded at all. The...More

Thank 828TJA
Reviewed 2 October 2017

I really enjoy visiting Kubota Garden during fall when it offers autumnal foliage. A Pleasant walk, very relaxing. Free of charge.

Thank Gabigabs
Reviewed 22 September 2017

This is an out of the way city park which is a great place to build your Zen. It is free and done by volunteers and a work in progress even though it has been around since the 30's

Thank Drjack183
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

The outside is kind of sketchy. There's a poster that mentioned about prowlers around the area. The inside is big and beautiful. It just needs a real bathroom instead of honey buckets. Charge people a few dollars to keep the place clean and feel safe.

Thank Chanthon K
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We visited Kubota Garden this morning. It is a beautiful spot and is very quiet and restful. There is no admission charge. We wandered around for about and hour and were impressed by the trees, flowers and small ponds. It is well maintained. It would...More

2  Thank JackofPBFL
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

I have seen such great pictures of this place but I have never driven down to check it out. First suggestion is visit during spring early summer with 50+ days of sun when we visited nothing great to see except brown grass and no beautiful...More

4  Thank Paul W
Reviewed 3 August 2017

This surprising green oasis is beautifully landscaped and divided into sections by theme. Waterfalls, trees, flowers, ferns, an overlook all add up to an interesting visit. Stay on paths for an easy walk or climb higher on dirt and stone walkways for better views. No...More

1  Thank Cliff and Patri... M
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Gorgeous gardens not far from the Sea-Tac airport. Scenic and not very crowded, which surprised me. Outstanding picture vantages. Spend as much time as you want. Free parking and admission.

2  Thank almirati
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Make sure you have GPS on your phone! I don't know if they had a map at the front entrance or not but I moseyed out into the garden before I realized there are absolutely NO signs indicating the direction of the parking lot or...More

1  Thank Linda B
KubotaGardenFoundatn, Front Office Manager at Kubota Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

Hi Linda: There is a kiosk adjacent to the parking lot where we do provide copies of a self-guided tour map for visitors, showing major trails. I'm sorry you missed it. We appreciate your feedback about the need for signage in the Garden. It's a...More

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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.