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“Nice side trip when (and only when) visiting the Washington Arboretum”

Seattle Japanese Garden
Ranked #50 of 457 things to do in Seattle
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Owner description: On the third Saturday of every month at 1:30 PM, a Japanese tea ceremony is staged in this beautiful garden.
Reviewed September 8, 2013

The Japanese Tea Garden is a paid section of the Washington Arboretum. If you are planning to visit the arboretum, then by all means make a stop at the Japanese Tea Garden. However, if you are only visiting Seattle and staying near Pike's Market (as most tourists do), be aware this is quiet a haul and only worth visiting if you are going to make an entire day of it by spending time in the arboretum as well.

4  Thank Amy E
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We had a wonderful time. We got there and they had a guided tour. The guide told you a lot of history of Japanese gardens and their design. Made me want to go home and build one in my backyard.

Thank John G
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

This is an immaculate, gorgeous garden that is definitely worth a visit at any time of year. It is an excellent demonstration of that inspiring Japanese approach of balancing the meticulousness of human design and engineering with the "natural elements" of environment, seasonal changes and life. I would definitely recommend joining the free walking tour included with your admission ($6) if it's your first time visiting as it was an excellent guide to the garden and can definitely help Japanese garden novices like me to appreciate the layout, philosophy, design and function of the garden much more.

1  Thank bmuse78
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

The Japanese Gardens are part of the University of Washington Campus, but they have their own extra entrance fee. However, it is completely worth it.

The gardens were serene and magnificent! The were beautiful and intricately laid out. There was a pamphlet to read as you walked on a self guided tour which explained and educated one about what they were seeing. You could also pay extra to get some food to feed the koi - which my son (10) did and loved.

I have visited other Japanese Gardens and they are all beautiful, yet in different ways. This one was more structured, geometric almost, and organized sophistication. It is also smaller than other gardens I have visited yet no less beautiful.

I would definitely recommend a visit here and would return myself.

2  Thank RestonRoamer
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

With the hectic pace of my five day visit to Seattle the Japanese Tea Garden was a restful diversion from the traffic and bustle. If you have the time to sit and relax and enjoy the beauty of the garden then do take the time to visit. Young children (under 30) may not enjoy this as much although the fish and turtles would capture their attention.

Thank Gillylax
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