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Kubota Garden

9817 55th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118
+1 206-684-4584
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Good garden near the Museum of flight.

This is an out of the way city park which is a great place to build your Zen. It is free and done... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2017
Herndon, Virginia
Nice landscapes

The outside is kind of sketchy. There's a poster that mentioned about prowlers around the area. The... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
Chanthon K
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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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  • 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 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 16 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 15 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 13 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

3  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 1 August 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

Reviewed 26 July 2017

Worth the trek, and it's free--part of Seattle's parks system. Well-maintained, good in any season. It may not be a pure Japanese garden, but it has the serenity and humility of a Japanese garden--showing not exploiting or "taming" nature.

2  Thank PortageBay
Reviewed 19 July 2017

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

Thank crossle27
Reviewed 13 July 2017

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.

1  Thank Dominick V
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Jonathan J
6 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.

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