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Japanese Tea Garden

1000 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle, WA 98112
206 684 4725
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Ranked #46 of 212 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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New Bern, North Carolina
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99 reviews 99 reviews
24 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

By comparison, this garden is nothing to write home about. It is small and ordinary as Japanese garden go. No bonsai section, which was disappointing. Nothing in bloom in July. The worst part was the noise level. This garden sits right on a major road that is heavily traveled. The one thing I value most about a Japanese garden is... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We parked at the arboretum visitor center and walked through the beautiful park to the Japanese garden. It is a beautiful and serene place. I took many photos and can't wait to show my friends back home. I particularly liked the view from the very back of the garden.

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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Peaceful. Free parking. Small pathways. Limited number of benches to sit and enjoy the park. In July very few plants are in bloom thus not too interesting to look at . With the heat at 87-92 degrees, even the Koi fish stayed at the bottom of the pond/out of view. Few structures/pagodas. My guess is that May would be a... More

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Nacogdoches, Texas, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We visited the Japanese Garden by mistake. Originally, we were headed out of the city to go see a waterfall 30 minutes away from where we were staying. Unfortunately, the bridge to get there was under construction the weekend we went. We ended up near the Japanese Garden, and decided to visit. It costs a few dollars to get in,... More

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Orlando, Florida
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We really loved our visit to this garden; it was lovely to wander around. I would have given the place a higher rating if we had not visited the Butchart Gardens in Victoria a few days later....

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Clovis, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The biggest, fattest, overfed koi fish I have ever seen. But what a nice home for them. This is a very nice garden at the edge of the arboretum. Beware that in mid June 2014 they had been experiencing a number of car break-ins, so don't park off in a corner somewhere. A very pleasant and peaceful use of 1-2... More

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Dallas, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
41 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I've been to several Japanese Gardens and this was different than any I've been to before yet just as beautiful. It wasn't crowded when I went and was very peaceful.

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Seattle, Washington
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90 reviews 90 reviews
29 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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