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Kubota Garden

Parent Category: Gardens
in Seattle
Created: 12 November 2014
Address: 9817 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Acreage: 20

Pictures below will take you on a virtual tour to the marvelous Japanese garden! Enjoy this autumn scenery!


Gorgeous gem of South Seattle, Kubota Garden is a fabulous mixture of Japanese garden and local Northwest plants. This 20-acre historic garden was given to the city by the talented landscape master Fujitaro Kubota. He was the first one who experimented with merging Japanese techniques of design and local plants.

Photo from King County, Seattle, Kubota Garden

Kubota started this garden in 1927 and it became open for public in 1987. This beautiful garden with waterfalls, streams, rock outcroppings, ponds and with the richest collection of plants is a result of dedication, passion and care.

Photo from King County, Seattle, Kubota Garden

Fujitaro Kubota was an emigrant from the Japanese Island of Shikoku, who came to US as a self-taught gardener. He bought 5 acres of land and created a masterpiece out of it. Mr. Kubota wanted to show the real beauty of Northwest plants, but in Japanese manner and according to Japanese traditions. His passion and desire allowed him to become a well-known landscape designer, his works include the Japanese garden at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island and the campus of Seattle University.

Photo from King County, Seattle, Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden is without any doubts a landscaping masterpiece.  Being one of the largest Japanese-style gardens in the country it attracts lots of visitors. You will surely enjoy the serenity of this perfectly planned and developed place. Autumn is especially beautiful here, every leaf and every tree is a beautiful jewel framed by a perfect Japanese design.

Photo from King County, Seattle, Kubota Garden

One of the most spectacular parts of the Garden is the Mountainside. Kubota used 450 tons of rocks to shape this Mountainside, which was finished in 1962. There are also two beautiful and traditional Japanese bridges in the garden: the Moon and the Heart Bridges. Kubota Garden is a perfect place for relaxation and meditation.


From I-5 Northbound

Exit the freeway at Martin Luther King Jr. (Exit 157), stay on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and turn right on S Ryan Way. Turn left on 51st Ave S and take a sharp right on Renton Ave S. Turn right on 55th Ave S.

These pictures were taken on November 07, 2014



These pictures were taken on April 2, 2018



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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Alex Mandryko

Information: Marina Petrova

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