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Kubota Garden

The Kubota Garden is an impressive Japanese garden, located 15 minutes south of Seattle.

Spend some time in the enchanting Kubota Garden, just 15 minutes south of Seattle in the Rainier Beach neighborhood.

The Kubota Garden is easy to explore along well marked trails, and the setting is picture-perfect.  

Meander along trails with spring-fed ponds and mini-waterfalls. Navigate stepping stones across gurgling streams with traditional bridges. 

The Kubota Garden is free to visit, and located at 9817 55th Avenue S, Seattle, WA, 98118. Check hours.

10 best things to do at Kubota Garden

1. Stroll across the stunning red Heart Bridge at Kubota Garden.

The Kubota Garden was created by Fujitaro Kubota who emigrated from Japan in 1907. He purchased the land in 1923 and completed the Kubota Garden in 1962. Kubota did much of the manual labor himself, including clearing the land and constructing the ponds.

The red Heart Bridge is a replica from Kubota's hometown in Shikoku, Japan. Shikoku is the smallest of Japan's five islands, located on its southern coast.

2. Cross the arched Moon Bridge, a physical representation of life's trials, both difficult to walk up and down. 

3. Admire the beautiful waterfall at Mountainside, built by the Kubota Family to celebrate the 1962 World Fair.

4. Find an authentic Kasuga Lantern from Japan at the Kubota Garden.

5. Discover spring fed ponds at Kubota Garden, fed by Maple Creek.

6. Take in the lush surroundings from the beautiful lawns. You might even spot some koi and turtles in one of the 9 ponds at Kubota Garden.

7. Discover secret nooks and crannies down pathways.

8. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere at the Kubota Garden's beautiful overlook.

9. Find 140 varieties of maple at the Kubota Garden, like this exquisite Weeping Japanese Maple.

10. Take your dog to the Kubota Gardens (as long as they're on a leash).

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If you're looking for other things to do, the Museum of Flight is at nearby Boeing Field. Some other beautiful Seattle gardens include the Seattle Japanese Garden, and Lakewold Gardens.

Know before you go 

  • Address: 9817 55th Avenue S, Seattle, WA, 98118.
  • Entry:  FREE.
  • Hours:  Check here.
  • Dogs:  Permitted if on a leash.

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