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Japanese Tea Garden

1000 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle, WA 98112
206 684 4725
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Ranked #50 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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Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We loved walking around this garden. Especially enjoyed the walking tour, well worth our time. Very nice tea shop in the garden but has overpriced goodies.

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york, pa
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174 reviews 174 reviews
44 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

We visited here after a full day of walking the city. It was the perfect antidote to the crowds. It's a little out of the way, but if you have a car, worth the drive. Gorgeous! And the koi are hysterical. They assume everyone is going to feed them and come swarming whenever they see folks on the bridge.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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98 reviews 98 reviews
24 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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houston
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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
17 helpful votes 17 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
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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
28 helpful votes 28 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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89 reviews 89 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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