Kubota Garden – An amazing Japanese Garden in Seattle

A couple of days ago I visited the Kubota Garden and I was surprised by how beautiful this garden is. I have been on and off to Seattle for years now but never really visited this garden.

Here a couple historic facts. The garden was started in 1927 by Fujitaro Kubota, a Japanese immigrant. The garden was maintained by Kubota until his death in 1973. In 1981 the Seattle Landmarks Preservation board designated the 4,5 acre core Garden as a Historical Landmark. The City of Seattle acquired the garden in 1987 from the Kubota family and the garden is now maintained by the Department of Parks & Recreation and the Kubota Garden Foundation.

At the entrance gate you find an information flyer which helps you for a self-guided tour. However there are free guided tours available, but only upon request for groups of eight or more. More information about making reservations for the tour are on the Kubota Garden Foundation website. Drop-in tours are available every fourth saturday of the month at 10 am and start in the parking lot. The tours take about 90 minutes.

I explored the garden by myself on a beautiful day during evening hours. Not a lot of people were visiting at the time when I visited. This gave me a quiet and peaceful visit. The Kubota Garden is open seven days a week during daylight hours.

Below are some photos, more can be found in my flickr-album.

Kubota Garden Entry Gate

Kubota Garden Entry Gate

Tom Kubota Stroll Garden

Tom Kubota Stroll Garden

Heart Bridge

Heart Bridge

Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden

Moon Bridge

Moon Bridge

Moon Bridge

Moon Bridge

 

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