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Kubota Gardens

25 Reviews
Open Open from 6:00am-10:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: 9817 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
Official website: http://www.kubotagarden.org
Phone: 206 684 4584

What people are saying:

Historical Japanese garden donated to Seattle by the founding family.

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  • blasebaker

    Nature's beauty

    Beautiful trees. My Grandson took me to see the gardens. Waterfalls and ponds. Got a good walk in today. It was free. They have porta pottys.

    Reviewed on /Date(1605193566000+0800)/
  • rerBellevue
    Bellevue, WA


    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 wa...

    Reviewed on /Date(1602939001000+0800)/
  • AnnElizabeth97123
    Portland, Oregon, USA


    Lovely place for a walk. Not crowded on a Friday morning. Wild life (ducks, turtles, koi) can be seen.

    Reviewed on /Date(1599395271000+0800)/
  • MisterC60
    San Francisco, California

    What’s Not to Like about a Free, Open to All Public Japanese Garden?

    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...

    Reviewed on /Date(1597242445000+0800)/
  • P K
    P K
    New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, India

    What a beautiful garden !

    Very well maintained beautiful garden. Thoroughly enjoyed our family visit on a sunny and bright day. Must visit when in Seattle.

    Reviewed on /Date(1581272320000+0800)/

Additional Information


The Kubota Garden is a wonderful example of what a difference one person can make. Japanese immigrant Fujitaro Kubota came to Seatle in 1907, and began a gardening company in 1923. In 1927, he purchased 5 acres of swampland in Rainier Beach to initiate a traditional Japanese garden and a nursery for his business. A few years later, he bought more land, and expanded the garden. Catastrophe hit for Kubota and the garden during World War II, when Kubota and his loved ones were sent to an internment camp. Kubota and his sons reconstructed their business and restored the garden after being released, and in the coming decades it functioned as a cultural center for the Japanese community in Seattle, as well as a home, office and nursery for Kubota and his family. Kubota tended for the garden himself until his death in 1973. The city of Seattle purchased the gardens from his family in 1987, and its maintenance has been under the parks department ever since.
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