Kubota Garden is a 20-acre (81,000 m²) Japanese garden in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. A public park since 1987, it was started in 1927 by Fujitaro Kubota, a Japanese emigrant. Today, it is maintained as a public park by the Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Kubota Garden Foundation.
Fujitaro Kubota emigrated from Shikoku, Japan in 1907 and established the Kubota Gardening Company in 1923. Projects of his included the garden at Seattle University and the Japanese garden at Bloedel Reserve in Bainbridge Island. In 1927, he bought 5 acres (20,000 m2) of swampland in Rainier Beach with the help of a friend, as he was not able to make the purchase because of his Japanese descent. In 1930, he went on to increase the size of the garden to 30 acres (120,000 m2). Kubota Garden served as cultural center for the Japanese community in Seattle, as well as a home, office and nursery for his business. During World War II, Kubota Garden was abandoned for four years as Kubota and his family were interned at Camp Minidoka in Idaho. During his internment, Kubota supervised the building of a community park, which included a Japanese rock garden. After the war, he and his sons Tak and Tom Kubota rebuilt the business.
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Karl Wooster | Feb 20, 2018
Great garden hidden away in the Rainier Beach area. Even in February, it was beautiful. There's also, beautiful terrace that looks like a fantastic venue for a small outdoor wedding with a nearby great area where a reception could be held. Only negative is that apparently there is a lot of cat prowling in the parking lot. There are several signs warning of this, so be sure to either not bring valuables or at least make sure they aren't visible.
Dorin Jannotta | Feb 28, 2018
Kubota garden is one of my favorite parks in Seattle. It's always very tranquil with various water elements and ponds around the rather large complex. Though not as well manicured as the Seattle's Japanese Garden the Kubota Garden is much larger and has more areas to explore plus the benefit of being free to the public.
Jasmine Eaton | Dec 21, 2017
I think we missed the peak days to catch the fall colors in all their glory, but it was still beautiful. There are so many trails in this garden that I'm sure it would be easy to get lost. Great for walks or jogging in the morning and some beautiful spots for pictures. There are maintained lawns that are good spots for a picnic if you bring one. Just remember not to feed the animals and to clean up after yourself!
James Buttke | Feb 25, 2018
Beautiful park, with Asian horticultural specimen. Nice landscaping provides plenty of photo ops. Would make for a great date escape. A little easy to get turned around in, but small enough you will find your way out.
Ian Smith | Feb 19, 2018
Even in the winter time this park is stunningly beautiful. The water features and hidden pathways kept me entranced for hours. I had such a good time wandering aimlessly and discovering new secret corners and shrines!
Sheryl Taylor | Mar 24, 2018
Great garden. Quiet and charming with many trails to explore. We spent 2.5 there at a slowish pace and were able to see most of it. Went early spring so not too much blooming but still very pretty and relaxing. Grab a map at the beginning but if you want to just wander you'll have fun discovering path and little gems.
Anil Chakravorty | Apr 28, 2018
This is around 20 acres of garden in Seattle, trees planted in Japanese style has many varieties of plants and Flowers. Nice landscapes in this garden. Different varieties of flowers are the main attraction of the visitors here. The landscapes are excellent to watch. Nice green surroundings all around.
John Oxman | May 1, 2018
What an incredible beautiful place. Great landscaping and trees and plants. A very peaceful stroll. This place is a sleeper, visit it and see! It keeps improving by adding tree plantings. Many trees here are really varied and beautiful. I keep going back to see the evolving landscapes.
Camila Matamala-Ost | Apr 3, 2018
Kubota Gardens is a beautiful place to stroll around, especially in the spring. There are many winding and intersecting side paths and it’s easy to get lost in the beauty and stay in the moment. If you haven’t been, definitely check it out! It’s also a nice free place to take visitors from out of town.
blizzardjeff | May 6, 2018
This place is lovely to visit. Extremely colorful garden of flowers. Nice different viewpoints over gardens. Bridges and stone bridges to cross. Ponds filled with Koi fish. Fair warning the neighborhood isn't great with many car prowl incidents. Keep your valuables hidden or bring with you. The parking area is extremely small. Every trip I came once in awhile has held many weddings here. Expect the worse if you plan to park here or no parking at all.
Justin Heiland | May 22, 2018
This place was amazing! We visited in Mid-May and it was a beautiful sight. We had a bit of a problem parking, since so many people had the same idea, but found a spot close by. Remember to lock your car and hide valuables, as there are signs warning about it here, just in case. The garden was an easy walk with a huge variety of plants and there was no cost to enter. If you're looking for some good outdoor scenery, I would recommend stopping by if the weather is good!
Dmytro Melnyk | May 28, 2018
This place is amazing. Beautiful, well-maintained grounds. Be careful leaving anything inside your car though: it's a high prowl area and we saw a car with smashed windows parked alongside the road.
Kili Hogins | May 12, 2018
We had a fantastic time. Our boys loved all the trails and animals (fish, bunny, birds). It was gorgeous. An easy walk. Mostly stroller friendly. Dog friendly.
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