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“Garden tour” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden
9817 55th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98178
206 684 4584
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Ranked #13 of 178 Attractions in Seattle
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Naperville, Illinois
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“Garden tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

A beautiful, tranquil garden - a nice relaxing stop during a busy trip to Seattle. Don and Lindy Naperville, IL

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“This isn't a Japanese Garden....read on.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Let me just preface this review by stating that I know Japanese gardens well....since I'm Japanese (NOT a culturally diluted nisei or sansei). I've been to most of the major Japanese gardens in Kyoto and Tokyo and know exactly what a "Japanese garden" is supposed to look like, although there are different styles of them.

This garden....eh....isn't a real Japanese garden to say the least. I guess Mr. Kubota is a self taught "Japanese Gardener" and his lack of proper training shows. Japanese gardening is sort of like being a sushi chef. There are sushi chefs and there are sushi chefs. It takes YEARS of apprenticeship to become a proper sushi chef or a Japanese Gardener. It would be sad if people visited this place and though that this is a "Japanese Garden". If you have seen a real Japanese garden in Japan or have seen a properly made one such as Japanese Tea Garden in San Franciso, you will be sadly disappointed as I was.

It doesn't help that this garden is in a sketchy neighborhood with signs all over the place warning you of "theft" and what appears to be broken glass in parking lots.

Please don't waste your time going here. I just stopped by since it was around the corner from the Museum of Flight and it was o the way to the airport, but it just isn't worth the drive. I'm sadly disappointed by glowing reviews of this "Japanese garden".

Visited June 2013
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KGFoundation, Kubota Garden Foundation at Kubota Garden, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
I'm sorry that you were disappointed to find that Kubota Garden is not a traditional Japanese garden; rightly so, it is an American-Japanese garden. Fujitaro Kubota was keen in finding a way to use Northwest plant materials in a Japanese style, but was not trying to imitate true Japanese gardens.

The other unique thing about Kubota Garden is that it is a public garden, open from dawn to dusk, without admission. This requires the Garden to be less manicured and designed for heavy use. The Garden staff is literally one full-time gardener and two part-time to cover 20-acres.

Thank you for taking the time to write a review.

Joy Okazaki, President
Kubota Garden Foundation
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Littleton, Colorado
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“Gorgeous tranquil retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We happened upon these gardens by accident after giving up trying to find affordable available parking at the packed Pike Street Market. What an unexpected treat! No fee to get in, and absolutely wonderful place to wander. Highly recommend this especially if you have time before catching your flight at Sea-Tac. Proximity to the airport makes this an easy place to use an hour or two in peaceful reflection. I have never seen so many varieties of Japanese maple trees. Loved the water features and each of the separate gardens.

Visited June 2013
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tieton wa
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“I envey this park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

tranquil and stunning. I wish I had the ability to something like this at home. If it were in my back yard you would never see me.

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Seattle
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“Most beautiful park in Seattle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I lived in this area off and on for years and never went here until one gloomy, boring day. WOW! I was shocked. I've since gone back in the Spring when everything was in bloom and it was so beautiful. Waterfalls, Japanese bridges, lakes, hill trails.

You can also bring dogs here. Its a wonderful place to just walk around and get lost in. So many little trails.

Visited May 2013
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