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Find Your Zen In This 3.5 Acre Japanese Garden

By Emma Colosia

Find Your Zen In This 3.5 Acre Japanese Garden

How much do you know about the Seattle Japanese Garden? This is a must-visit attraction in Emerald city!

Get in touch with nature and enjoy a fun day in this 3.5-acre urban sanctuary. The Seattle Japanese Garden is the perfect place to take a walk, read a book on their benches, learn more about the Japanese culture and relax looking at the stones, water, lanterns, bridges, plants, koi fish, and turtles. 

The garden is open from March through November, and you’ll be able to see different blooming flowers and plants throughout every season.

Located in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle, the garden is at the southern end of the Washington Park Arboretum on Lake Boulevard East. The garden is one of the oldest Japanese gardens in North America, regarded as one of the most authentic in the country. It was designed by the experts Kiyoshi Inoshita and Juki Iida. 

Enrich your experience by participating in their programs and festivals. From Japanese gardening workshops to celebrations of Japanese traditions, there is always something for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Don’t forget to check their calendar for activities at the garden and virtual classes. 

 

The cultural celebrations hosted throughout the year include:

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  • Kodomo no Hi
  • Tanabata
  • The tea ceremony (currently suspended due to COVID)
  • Otsukimi (Moon viewing)
  • Keiro no Hi (Elders celebration)

Where: 075 Lake Washington Boulevard East, within the Washington Park Arboretum. Parking is free, 

Hours: Monday – Closed Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm

Admission: Adults – $8 Youths and senior adults – $4 Children 0-5 – Free 

They do not allow picnics, weddings, tripods, or pets (only service animals).