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Japanese Tea Garden

1000 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle, WA 98112
206 684 4725
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Ranked #60 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I always say the enjoyment of any attraction depends on the following: your personal tastes, your expectations, and the company you keep. With that said, here are my thoughts: PROs: -if you've never seen a Japanese Garden, this would be a nice little introduction to the concept - there is a little of everything here - bonsai trees, shrubs, trees... More

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Calgary, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Who ever designed this garden is a great disgrace to the beauty and tranquility characterized by a Japanese Garden. The moment you went into the garden, you are overcrowded by big tall trees. You feel small, and that is not a good characteristic of a Japanese Garden. It is not a small garden, but the designer made it feels small.... More

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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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176 reviews 176 reviews
45 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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
74 helpful votes 74 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
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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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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