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Seattle Japanese Garden

Parent Category: Gardens
in Seattle
Created: 20 November 2013

The Seattle Japanese garden is considered to be one of the best Japanese gardens outside of Japan. This garden is situated 10 minutes from downtown Seattle. 

The Seattle Japanese garden is a beautiful piece of Japanese culture within Washington Park Arboretum.

The park is located on the territory of 3 ½ acre and represents a beautiful design work of Kiyoshi Inoshita and Juki Iida, the designer of more than 1,000 of Japanese gardens around the world. 

The Seattle Japanese garden was built in 1959. At that time this park was one of the post-war public gardens in America.

This amazing garden is full of Japanese maples, rhododendrons, conifers, azaleas and the most beautiful cherry orchard. There are two beautiful streams in the garden that flow into a beautiful lake full of koi and turtles. Visitors can enjoy the waters of the park from the numerous bridges and benches that give the guests the opportunity to rest and to enjoy this peaceful atmosphere.

Guests can not only enjoy the atmosphere but also feed the koi.

At the end of the garden visitors will meet a very beautiful and giant 3 ½ ton granite lantern. This lantern is 200 years old and it is a gift from Seattle’s sister city in Japan, Kobe. This old lantern is situated on the hill and gives the idea that it overlooks the garden.

One of the beautiful paths will take the guests to the teahouse where visitors can enjoy tea demonstrations that last approximately 40 minutes. By the way, this teahouse was burned down in 1973 by vandals, but was rebuilt in 1981.

Nowadays interesting tea presentations are held in the teahouse. Visitors sit on tatami mats and enjoy the interesting tradition.

As for the best time of the year to visit the garden, no doubt, it’s fall. Fall is the time when the visitors will enjoy all the colors at their peak, the ornamental maple trees are in beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red.



1075 Lake Washington Blvd E

Seattle WA 98112

For more information: (206) 684-4725

Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Information: Marina Petrova

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