The Seattle Japanese Garden is a 3.5 acre (14,000 m²) Japanese garden in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle. The garden is located in the southern end of the Washington Park Arboretum on Lake Washington Boulevard East. The garden is one of the oldest Japanese gardens in North America, and is regarded as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in the United States.
Beginning in 1937, plans were made to include a Japanese garden in the Arboretum, and after 20 years of fundraising, the project began. Experts Kiyoshi Inoshita and Juki Iida were appointed as designers and completed their plans in 1959. Juki Iida selected William Yorozu as the prime contractor for plants, Richard Yamasaki for stone setting, and Kei Ishimitsu for garden structures. Careful construction began and was completed the next year, 1960.
|Monday||12:00 – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Daniel Yu | Feb 19, 2018
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.
Ahmad Pirani | Feb 21, 2018
This garden is not worth visiting. Definitely not when it is paid. It is absolute waste of money. - Parking is tiny - Plenty of East Asian people visit and they either photo bomb your pictures or won't move for very long time for you to take pictures. - It will take hardly 30 minutes to tour the whole thing. Definitely don't go if you are in a group, you will end up spending too much money.
Peter Shen | Mar 3, 2018
A well maintained, peaceful garden in Seattle. The sounds of the water is very relaxing. Multiple benches for areas of rest. Good place for self reflection
Mohammed Rangwala | Nov 15, 2017
Beautiful garden in pretty much the heart of Seattle. Entering the arboretum and Japanese Garden transports you to a completely different place while still being in Seattle. I visited it when the Fall colors were quite vibrant and I would highly recommend checking out their Japanese Maple trees.
Jessica Gestahl | Dec 14, 2017
More and more questions arises when your here alone. Expe rice is wonderful Love every bit of this park really cool of you and much to see around specially in Capitol Hill. I would like to see if there is any type of show go on here because it would look really nice specially at dark that is when I think this place would be lit up now it’s Christmas and can’t wait to see the frozen side of this park.
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