Kubota Garden

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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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TravelingAmos
New Jersey462 contributions
If I lived in Seattle, I imagine that this is a place I would visit fairly regularly. It seems like an oasis of peace. As a public park, it is free. That is remarkable considering that admission to other Japanese gardens in Seattle and Portland can cost $10-$20/person. As we only stopped here on a whim while leaving the SEA-TAC area, I cannot comment on the gardens as a whole, but it is FREE so why not stop by if in the area?
Written September 11, 2021
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MisterC60
San Francisco, CA7 contributions
A must see destination and it’s free! Very popular with tourists and locals alike! Wear comfortable walking shoes to check out the well-maintained, well-manicured Japanese gardens, replete with a pool filled with koi goldfish. The Seattle number 106 bus, still free for all each way, takes visitors directly to Kubota Garden. I think folks will need to get off at 54th Avenue South? Masks are required of all riders on the bus and all visitors to Kubota Gardens!
Written August 12, 2020
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Traveling Couple from Virginia
Northern Virginia, VA6 contributions
We had a long time before our flight left SEA, so we decided that a quick trip off the light rail was a perfect diversion. I would recommend taking a bus (106) to the gardens and back, but once you get there, it IS FREE. What a beautiful place and as we can see it it constantly evolving. The hydrangeas were gorgeous and the variety of plants amazing! What a beautiful testament to the hard work of a Japanese American. If I lived here I too would definitely come back.
Written July 30, 2022
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Cynthia12342015
Chicago, IL17 contributions
After going to the Seattle Japanese Garden which was lovely, we decided to visit the Kubota Garden and were so glad we did. The Seattle Garden is a traditional formal Japanese Garden and Kubota was a great juxtaposition . It was much larger and provided several hours of leisurely strolling through multiple settings. The flowering trees were magnificent and the rolling topography allowed for a lot of privacy. Will be returning to the garden next time we're in Seattle!
Written May 29, 2021
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Gary T
Austin, TX938 contributions
We visited early on a Wednesday (10 AM) just as they opened and had the place pretty much to ourselves. It is a beautiful garden that is on a par with some of the Kyoto and Tokyo gardens. It takes about 90 minutes the tour and appreciate all 7 of the areas within the 20 acres.
Written July 30, 2021
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rerBellevue
Bellevue, WA305 contributions
I have lived in Seattle for most of my life, but this was my first visit to these gardens. What a treat! It makes me wonder what other gems I have missed. Even in mid October during midweek, it was well attended, but there is plenty of room. Free parking and admission.
Written October 17, 2020
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Peggy
Olympia, WA3 contributions
Family
We went as a birthday adventure for me. Brought our two young men, thinking it would be hard to keep them entertained. It was chilly and raining, but it was still so gorgeous! I gave up before our young men did. We were all very impressed with the variety of plant material, combined with the colors and combinations of water, stone, pathways, and foliage. Taking time to learn about the history before going made it all the more interesting. Beautiful oasis of nature. We will be back for sure!
Written April 25, 2021
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Jill U
Seattle, WA97 contributions
This is a lovely retreat away from the busy city, but it's not far. We live pretty close, so this is a regular destination for us. It's just beautiful, no matter what time of year you visit. Ponds, waterfalls, trees, flowers, etc.
Plus it's FREE!!
Written March 4, 2021
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Audrey E
Renton, WA139 contributions
Kubota Garden was full of fall color, gold, red and orange set off by the evergreens.
You can wander at your leisure or arrange for a tour guide. There are no signs saying what the plants are as this garden is for relaxing not learning. A beautiful, peaceful place.
Written October 30, 2021
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minnesotasparky
minnesota140 contributions
Couples
The garden is beautiful but so what! Our car windows were busted out and our suitcases/back packs stolen while we were in viewing the gardens! It was a rainy week day at 4:00, ours was the only car in the parking lot. We learned (too late) that park staff leave at 3:30. The sign in the parking lot warns that this is a high crime area. Heeding their advice we took purse/billfold and moved other valuables to the back and pulled the deck cover over the rear hatch back compartment of our rental car. Sometime during our 45 minute visit, brazened thieves moved in to do their dirty work. I believe this act was committed by professionals who prey on tourists. This was the coordinated work of thieves with spotters knowing where we were and being assured that no one else was in the area. It is believable that they knew when we were beyond hearing distance allowing them to noisily crash through car windows. In the aftermath, a park personnel was leaving for the day and while sympathetic, he was unable to be of any help. He pointed out the warning sign, but there is no indication that any additional security measures (such as security cameras) will be taken now or in the future.The police seemed overwhelmed with this type of criminal activity. Everything is gone including our passports; clothing; personal items; equipment; gifts and keepsakes. Fortunately this happened on our last day of vacation. One writer comments "why pay to visit the Japanese gardens at the arboretum...?" I wished we wouldn't have ventured out to this remote location and would discourage others from visiting especially on days when the park is absent other visitors.
Written May 30, 2012
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