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Kubota Garden

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Address: 9817 55th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118
Phone Number: +1 206-684-4584

Kubota Garden is a 20-acre American-Japanese garden that was the vision of...

Kubota Garden is a 20-acre American-Japanese garden that was the vision of Japanese immigrant Fujitaro Kubota when he purchased the first 5-acres of logged off swampland in 1927. The garden grew to 20-acres and was developed concurrent with Kubota's landscaping business. He returned to the garden and continued its development after being incarcerated during WWII. In 1981, the 4.5 acre core was designated a Historic Landmark, and the City of Seattle purchased the garden from the Kubota family in 1987. The garden is an urban oasis, criss-crossed with streams and paths, ponds and waterfalls, rich with flora and fauna and a popular destination year-round. The garden is maintained by the City, and supported by the Kubota Garden Foundation.

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Beautiful garden

I found this very exciting garden - it is so green and very well formed. I enjoyed it for several hours. Ideal place if you would like just to be with nature, listen to falls... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I found this very exciting garden - it is so green and very well formed. I enjoyed it for several hours. Ideal place if you would like just to be with nature, listen to falls, just have a lazy walk. In a water it was possible to find fishes and turtle. Ideal place for loving couples.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went here on way to the airport to kill some time. There are maps near the entrance but no other guides or signs. It's nice but not as well maintained as many other gardens i have visited. However, it's free.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So happy I looked at TripAdvisor for things to do locally. I've lived in the area for 15 years and never heard of the garden. After reading the recent reviews, my expectations were not high. I was pleasantly surprised. The garden opened in 1930. It's a peaceful spot to stroll through and enjoy. The many different plants and colors are... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Disappointed. This is so not Japanese garden, not even close. Bathroom is so gross. It was free but it wasn't worth to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is quite unexpected we were going to a different Park and found this by accident and to top it off besides being fantastic it was free

Thank laura s
Lenexa, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting historical little garden with lots of nooks and crannies to explore, but most the blooming was done by June, and it was a little hot the day we were there.....BUT Free!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't see anything spectacular here, but it was a peaceful stroll through a tranquil garden with beautiful vegetation. Not a bad way to escape city bustle and breathe fresh air.

Thank Sungron
Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

I visited Kubota Garden for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised to find this treasure in Renton. This is a truly beautiful garden - maybe not real "Japanese" as some reviewers point out, but it's not supposed to be. There are many paths to walk on, the plantings are beautiful and varied and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

I went to see the koi pond. They have maps for you, but little to no signs through the area. So make sure you grab a map or there's a pretty good chance you'll get lost at some point. The area itself is very beautiful and peaceful. The koi pond was disappointing. I only saw about 4-5 koi and the... More 

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Longview, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Like a friend you hung out with as a young person and then were separated for years and then met again-so goes our re-acquaintance with the Kubota Garden. I was surprised at how tired and old she looked. There are still some sparkles left in the eye but overall this garden has become nothing more than a place to stroll... More 

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