Seattle Japanese Garden, Seattle

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The Seattle Japanese Garden is a formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960. It is a world class Japanese Garden and tourist attraction.

The stone bridges, stepping stones, and rough terrain preserves the authenticity of the Japanese landscaping. The garden also features a pond with a variety of koi, and a traditional Japanese tea house, Shoseian, in which tea ceremonies are held monthly.

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A note to ADA visitors: pathways in the garden are surfaced with gravel which may result in some inconvenience for wheelchair and walker users. The garden does have some ADA access paths.
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  • While small, paling in comparison to the gardens in Portland and Japan, this garden is a gem, beautiful in all seasons, but particularly so in the spring and fall. WE go in both seasons every year and...  more »
  • We were visiting from the UK and meeting up with some friends so this was a perfect way to meet up and chat as we strolled around the garden.  more »
  • 9 months and beyond to visit wet season in the dry season, are starting to cool breezes and the scenery was so well. Seemed delicate natural also carved the feeling was there.
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  • The Seattle Japanese Garden was beautiful. Unfortunately we ended up going just before spring, but there was still lots to see here. The trees were stunning, along with many bright flowers. They had a nice big pond and what appears to be model tea houses in attempt to make it more of an authentic Zen garden. This place seems like a great spot for weddings to be held or for cute dates.
  • This park is absolutely beautiful. There's subverting really special about this park. Absolutely love waking and wandering around in here. Really great four going on walks, runs or just clearing your mind. There's usually people in the park almost always, but never super crowded. It reaches out to the water, very amazing views there, great for families and picnics and fog walking.
  • This garden is so beautiful, well maintained and relaxing. For the most part, everyone is quiet and letting each other enjoy the beauty. A nice easy walk with benches to rest and relax on. Loved going here, great for photo click.
  • So beautiful! Even before spring! A wonderful peaceful place within the city. Can't wait to go back when spring totally kicks in!
  • Japanese Garden nestled within the Washington Park Arboretum. There is a parking lot right outside the entrance as well as public restrooms. Although the Arboretum is free admission, access to the Japanese Garden is charged per person, but they offer membership pricing as well. Once inside, you will feel the tranquility that the garden has to offer through its winding pathways and flowing streams. There are multiple benches and grassy areas to stretch out on and take in the scenery. Towards the back of the garden, there's a dock over the koi pond where you can get up and close with the koi fish and even feed them (they sell small bags of fish food at the admission window). If you look close enough, you'll see some turtles sunning on the rocks. Overall, a very nice place for quiet conversations or even just self-reflection.
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