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Japanese Tea Garden

1000 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle, WA 98112
206 684 4725
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Ranked #34 of 206 attractions in Seattle
Type: Gardens
Description: On the third Saturday of every month at 1:30 PM, a Japanese tea ceremony is staged in this beautiful garden.
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Seattle, Washington
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90 reviews 90 reviews
29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Seattle's Kubota Garden and Portland's Japanese Garden are really something. The Lake Washington Arboretum in which the Seattle Japanese Garden is housed is an amazing park and formal arboretum. But the Japanese garden itself is small and not that interesting. It's much loved by some, but I find it to be both too small, and not varied enough to be... More

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Wooster, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

This fairly pleasant Japanese garden is located in the Seattle Arboretum, which unfortunately has been completely overtaken by traffic surging through to the bridge across Lake Washington. It is impossible to totally enjoy this lush oasis because of the constant traffic noise, as well as the signs in the parking lot warning of car thieves. Still, the garden is well... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This Fall I took a nice older couple into the garden for a photo shoot and we were stunned by the simplicity, beauty and colors of the gardens. I have been to some beautiful Japanese gardens in the US and in Japan and was so happy to discover this one in our own backyard. The place is idyllic for photos... More

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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101 reviews 101 reviews
60 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Of the dozen or so Japanese gardens I have visited outside of Japan, this one would rank high on my list. The property is not huge, but is very well laid out and particularly attractive from a photography standpoint. Although the Seattle Arboretum is free, the Japanese Garden charges $6 to get in. It’s worth it, especially if you can... More

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Sioux Falls, SD
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38 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This was my second trip to the Japanese Gardens. During my previous trip many of the bushes were blooming. Although this trip was later in the summer and no flowers were visible, the trip to the Japanese Gardens was still worthwhile. It was a warm day and we had already walked a lot, so we enjoyed sitting on a bench... More

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Seattle, Washington
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23 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Very beautiful little garden in the middle of the Arboretum. I wish it were no cost to enter like the rest of the Arboretum, but it's worth it. It's a very tranquil, beautifully planted traditional Japanese garden. The Arboretum itself is a beautiful drive, or you can park and walk along many paths throughout the gorgeous park, including one out... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

You must visit this beautiful tea garden. It's so peaceful and well tended. I believe that there are sometimes volunteers who give guided tours. Call ahead about that. I believe it closes for the winter. Try to walk through the rest of the Arboretum also.

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Reno, Nevada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We had a great time walking around this garden. The colors of the trees this time of year were gorgeous. We took some really nice family pictures here and I think everyone else had the same idea. It isn't a huge garden so it doesn't take a lot of time to get around it, but there are a scattering of... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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55 reviews 55 reviews
3 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This such a beautiful park. Too bad it is right off a busy street with cars constantly going by. The cars make it hard to enjoy the tranquility of what a Japanese tea garden should be. The grounds and stunning and the ponds are full of Koy which will gather around you looking for food any time you get near... More

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Orlando, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The Japanese Tea Garden is a paid section of the Washington Arboretum. If you are planning to visit the arboretum, then by all means make a stop at the Japanese Tea Garden. However, if you are only visiting Seattle and staying near Pike's Market (as most tourists do), be aware this is quiet a haul and only worth visiting if... More

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