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“Beautiful Japanese Gardens”
Review of Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden
Ranked #43 of 466 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is a wonderful, calm, peaceful place. There is an amazing stone garden, spring ponds, Mapes Creek, bamboo growing alongside paths, a stroll garden, lots of stone benches to rest on, small "mountains", a forest, and Japanese gardens. It is so lovely here and well worth the trip. It is lush and exotic and a photographer's dream come true.

If you are looking for something really special in Seattle, this is it!

4  Thank terril435
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

it's worth a visit if you have the time to just take a stroll around and not worry about getting somewhere in a hurry. I wouldn't recommend making special time for this but if you don't mind just relaxing for some time with your family or taking along some snacks and sitting on the lawns and enjoying them, then it's a great place. Even for just a stroll, this is really nice!

1  Thank MRGOV
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

One of the best small gardens I have seen; lush and inventive. A bit of a trek to get here--I missed a turn or two--but well worth the effort.

1  Thank reprof
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

All of the other reviews are correct. Kubota is a really nice garden. But don't come unless you are prepared to have your car broken into!

There is a sign in the parking lot telling you to keep valuables out of sight and lock you car.

On a cool and quiet Saturday morning in April, I did just that. As I drove away I heard wind blowing on the driver's side door and I stopped to find that someone had pried the window out to attempt to reach the door lock. They weren't successful, but they did damage the window frame. Thankfully they didn't break the window.

There were only 2-3 other cars in the lot and a handful of people in the gardens, but I wouldn't have expected the thief to be active on a Saturday morning. It probably didn't help that the car I was driving was a rental, compared to cars from locals.

In retrospect, I did see a suspicious person in the garden nearby the entrance area. Perhaps he watches the lot through the trees to look for targets. The individual acted a bit out of place, but was wearing plain blue work clothes and a plain blue cap, so I thought he might have been a maintenance person doing a patrol at the time.

It's a shame that the thief or thieves are ruining Mr. Kubota's legacy. It's an even bigger shame that the city of Seattle doesn't take some more action other than just installing a sign. Be careful!

6  Thank kanling
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Such a beautiful place, beautifully designed for maximum color in all seasons. It's out of the way, but if you're a plant/garden fan, don't miss it.

1  Thank aurayah
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