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

Don't be put off by its location; the garden is a 15 minute drive from downtown and worth the effort. We went in the fall and the foliage was spectacular. You stroll through a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't be put off by its location; the garden is a 15 minute drive from downtown and worth the effort. We went in the fall and the foliage was spectacular. You stroll through a rabbits warren of trails and come upon beautiful vistas seemingly at every turn. And you can't beat the price - its free.

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Almonte, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fantastic peaceful garden. Quite the surprise. Expected it to be not much of anything and turned out to be a fantastic find. Lots of walking trails and they are making it bigger. Nice part it was free, and it run by volunteers.Not very busy well worth seeking it out.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

This park is an amazing place to go to. It is a little out of the way for tourists, but if you have access to a car, or aren't afraid of a 45 minute bus ride on the 106, then you have access to one of the most beautiful hidden gems in the city. You can spend hours looking through... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

What a great place. Beautiful landscaping with both Native northwest plants and exotics. It is in much better shape than it used to be, with a new terrace and landscaping.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Autumn splendor was at its peak here. Quiet, out of the way garden, but a real gem to explore. The gazebo above the pond is a nice place to sit and ponder the beauty. Plenty of paths to explore, nice Japanese lanterns throughout the environs. Must be beautiful in the Spring when the rhododendrons are blooming!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

We're big garden people and had heard a lot of good things about this one. We had great weather for our visit, and were able to make it through in about an hour...and that's despite going around in circles a few times because the map we had for the paths was very confusing. It seemed like they only listed a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

This garden has beautiful fall colors. 1 hour is enough for the visit. The trail is kids friendly. It is free of charge. The only restroom is located near the entrance. Parking is hard to find if you are planning a trip on weekends

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

We had a very good tour guide who showed us this little known garden. A nice place to relax and meditate.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is an amazing park that is not on most people's "radar" I think it is very peaceful and has a wide range of plants that are in bloom throughout the year. I would plan on visiting during a dry time, because the trails and paths can be muddy after a rain. Interesting history of the park, and a great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Drove about 20 minutes from Seattle downtown here. It was an easy drive and definitely worth the visit. It's very peaceful and quiet - a great way to walk around and take a few pictures.

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