Seattle Japanese Garden
Seattle Japanese Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
An oasis of tranquility in the city, Seattle Japanese Garden invites visitors to indulge their senses and immerse themselves in quiet beauty. The Seattle Japanese Garden is open from March through November each year. More information on hours at seattlejapanesegarden.org.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • GB82Paratrooper
    Cottontown, Tennessee32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views!
    Is off the main tourist routes but definitely worth the drive. This place has amazing views and gives you a calm and relaxing feel. We were able to feed the ducks and koi fish while we were there. The only downside to this place is that the pond isn’t as clean as ones we’ve previously seen.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Kaelani Q
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just my opinion
    Unlike previous reviews I’d like to share that this garden is quite small. It would take maybe 15 minutes to go through the entire garden. If you’re used to large beautiful Japanese gardens like the one in Portland be for warned. The water or ponds aren’t as nicely kept either as other gardens I’ve been too. So if you’re debating going to this garden or not during your Seattle trip I’d say skip it and see something worth the travel time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 11, 2023
  • BobiTychynskiShimoda
    Oakville, Canada397 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice spot to visit
    This was beautiful and worth the nominal fee of $10 pp. The gardens are exceptionally maintained. There are multiple streams and ama waterfall and stone bridges as well as stepping stones over the water making the journey fun. The pond was stocked with koi, lily pads and we same several juvenile geese which was a bonus.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
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FiftyFifty5050
Montgomery, UK862 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Located in one corner of the Arboretum, although you do have to effectively come out of the Arboretum and cross a road to access the garden, and there is also an entrance fee - $10 or $6 for Seniors over 65.

The garden is quite small but, in the way of Japanese gardens, there are multiple paths, stepping stones, steps and bridges to guide visitors around and give choice as to which way to turn next.

It is all very well kept and there are benches and seating everywhere for you to just sit and enjoy the scenery or to contemplate life.

One downside is that the road alongside the garden is relatively busy and the sound from it was quite distracting. If I were to visit again, then I think I would brave the strange looks and take some noise cancelling headphones to wear, to enable me to experience the garden as I am sure the planner intended.

We visited midweek during April, with changeable weather on that day, and the numbers of visitors was relatively low. I do think that in high season, the garden would feel quite crowded, quite quickly.
Written April 13, 2023
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JRSandlin1
162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
I love a Japanese garden, and this is a very good one. You can see it in about 20 minutes, so if you are not a garden fan, the entrance fee may be high for you. There are many good seats to relax and enjoy the garden for much longer. There are koi and turtles too : )
Written June 16, 2022
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Meander749843
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
April is a great time to see the flowers and trees in bloom. When the sky has high white clouds it makes for a dramatic backdrop along with the backdrop of the arboretum trees outside the garden. The purposely designed vistas are doubled with the reflecting pond. There is even a trail map of Japanese stone lanterns. There are postcard photo opportunities every 10 steps including waterfalls and turtles sunning on rocks
Written April 29, 2022
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BobiTychynskiShimoda
Oakville, Canada397 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This was beautiful and worth the nominal fee of $10 pp. The gardens are exceptionally maintained. There are multiple streams and ama waterfall and stone bridges as well as stepping stones over the water making the journey fun. The pond was stocked with koi, lily pads and we same several juvenile geese which was a bonus.
Written June 17, 2023
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK889 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
$10 charge for entrance. Not really worth it. It is not the greatest example, pleasant enough with all the usual elements of the style. Such a long list of ‘donts’ before yu enter, feel like can barely breathe. Carpark near and bus drops at this end of Washington Park, which is free. Toilets outside entrance.
Written November 14, 2023
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO1,465 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
After running around Seattle and all of the activities, you should stop here to take your breath. A quiet stop in a bustling city. The location is away from the center of the city but not that far away. We happened to be staying nearby so were able to walk over and then get an Uber to downtown after. Take the time to slowly walk around and look at all there is to take in from every angle. We went on a hot summer day and there was not a crowd so we were able to sit a few times and just relax. There is a large variation of flora in these well-manicured gardens. Beautiful and tranquil.
Written May 31, 2020
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907blaked
Tampa, FL1,438 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Absolutely beautiful park, even in November. Bathrooms located right outside the main entrance. The entrance fee of $8 per person is reasonable. It's about a 20-30 minute walk from the Arboretum's visitors center to the Japanese Gardens.
Written November 21, 2022
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penelopeonetwo
San Diego, CA139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
WOW! I have a whole new appreciation for Japanese plants and landscape. With every step there was an inspiring and peaceful view of the beautifully manicured plants. Peter Putnicki is a master at maintaining the integrity and beauty of the trees and plants. This is a must see in Seattle.
Written May 23, 2022
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cougar_df
Sydney, Australia218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
It's not a large garden and can easily be covered in a couple of hours, but what a tranquil and serene piece of paradise. The architecture and design cleverly captures the Japanese philosophy of peace and rest, and it does wonders for the hectic soul.

If you ever need to reset your perspective and focus on whatever is on your mind, a few hours in this magical garden could do the trick for you.
Written April 27, 2020
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imrico
413 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This is definitely worth a visit if you enjoy Japanese gardens. Thankfully on the day I went there were very few people. The koi and turtles in the pond were great! I also very much liked the lily pads with flowers.
Written August 10, 2020
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