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Kubota Garden

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Address: 9817 55th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118
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Kubota Garden is a 20-acre American-Japanese garden that was the vision of...

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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Gorgeous Japanese garden

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.

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Bellevue, Washington
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

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Kenmore, Washington
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Very beautiful inside, but you have to pay a fee to enter, and we thought it would be much, much larger than it is. Was fun, but wouldn't waste my time going back agian.

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Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Large park tucked away in south Seattle. Lovely plantings, water features and foot bridges. Absolutely stunning in the spring!

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This park was over looked for many years. Well not any more. People in Seattle have finally realized what a beautiful place this is. It is free as compared to the more well know Japanese garden. Definitely worth a visit. Right now it is stunning!

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Thank Alec D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Take a couple of hours to stroll through this garden, originally owned and designed by famed Seattle Gardner Tom Kubota. Great place for kids to run around, for a picnic or a stroll. We've seen wedding photos being taken there, too. Watch for the semiannual plant sale!

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Longview, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I would think that mostly any time of the year when the weather is good, the skies are clear a visit here for those who love gardens is more than worth it. Our day was lovely. The garden paths will guide you so many directions - be sure to plan enough time. This garden is not enjoyed in a rush.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a beautiful gem of a garden that is lovely all year round--but especially in the spring. It is a bit challenging to find but worth it. Go!

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Massillon, Ohio
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

This park is not to be missed--by locals or visitors. WE enjoyed our walk through this wonderful place--even on a cool, occasionally rainy day! Seattle is fortunate to have such a unique park.

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Thank Normandie1936
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

This is a beautiful Garden. Very relaxing to walk through and view the beautiful vegetation. Would be beautiful for a photo shoot for engagement/wedding.

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Port Orchard, Washington
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

My wife and I visited the park. Even on a cloudy gloomy day, its beautiful to walk around, check out the trees, plants, and turtles.

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