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Kubota Garden

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Address: 9817 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118-5710
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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Breathtaking and beautiful

I love Asian gardens and this is not to be missed. It's mostly mature plantings although there's evidence of continued updating. The trees were outstanding from wherever I stood... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Warren, Vermont
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Warren, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love Asian gardens and this is not to be missed. It's mostly mature plantings although there's evidence of continued updating. The trees were outstanding from wherever I stood. Someone with superb skill planned this free, no charge to enter, experience.

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Chelsea, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a pleasant garden that was easily accessible to mobility scooters. Made for a pleasant morning.

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had spent the morning touring, and were too tired to go out again in the afternoon. But after supper, we made a visit to this place...absolutely lovely with various bush and trees, plants and quiet ponds. There are a few waterfalls. My great-nieces enjoyed exploring and playing frisbee in the small fields. Even thought it has been dry and... More 

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Sacramento
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Admission to this city-owned garden is free; self-guided tour is available for the 5-acre oasis in the middle of south-eastern Seattle. More signage describing different trails would be helpful.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If I had paid to enter Kubota Japanese Garden, as you do with many gardens today, I would have been disappointed. It is nice that the garden is larger than most Japanese gardens, but you don't get the same zen feeling that you do at most. It seems like the garden needs more regular maintenance. The red moon bridge and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Kubota Garden has both an interesting history and an evolving present. It incorporates elements of traditional Japanese gardens but is bigger and has a more open and spread out feeling. Utilizes the many background features that characterize the Seattle natural environment. Would love to see it at other seasons.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Just a heads up. Our car just got broken into in the parking lot there. We only walked about 20 minutes and when got back the passenger window was smashed in and things stolen. Just park at own risk.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

Japanese Gardens that give us a view of the beauty this culture enjoys! It's great for picnics and strolling through beautiful, green foliage and pretty flowers. The waterfall is very pretty as well with a nice background for pictures. The park is quiet and peaceful which is enjoyable for seniors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

Like Lakeridge Park, Kubota is a tiny green gem smack in a busy Rainier Beach neighborhood. How lucky for the residents to have this quiet, peaceful place in which to relax. Some areas of Kubota Park are in need of attention, but overall it's a beautiful garden - filled with trees, flowering bushes, flowers, stone and wood bridges, waterfalls, and... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

I was in Seattle recently to visit my Grandson and his parents. We ventured to the Kubota Garden for the first time. We all loved it! It's a great place to walk around with a baby in a stroller. Pack a picnic and relax by the water. It's a great place to visit in the city for FREE!

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