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Seattle — By Mary Jo Manzanares on July 2, 2010 at 9:59 am
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Summer Beauty at Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden, a 20-acre Japanese Garden in the Rainier Beach area of the city, was originally a private garden made up of five acres and owned by Japanese immigrant, Fujitaro Kubota.  He started the garden in 1927, eventually growing it into a successful seed business, only to have everything brought to a screeching halt when he and his family were sent to the internment camps during World War II.  The garden was not maintained during the war.


After release, the Kubota family returned to the land, and continued to develop it using the Japanese style of landscaping.  The garden faced danger once again during the building craze of the 1980’s, but was granted landmark status and saved from demolition.  In 1987 the city of Seattle purchased the land and turned it into a public park.

Summer is a great time of year to visit Kubota Garden and enjoy the Japanese landscaping of rock gardens, waterfalls, and walking paths that snake through densely planted trees, shrubs, and flowers.  The beautiful setting is a popular spot for weddings, receptions, photography, nature appreciation, and just enjoying the great outdoors.


Tours are available once a month, although with a map of the gardens you can create your own self-guided tour.  Bring a camera, a sketchpad, a journal. . . and enjoy your time in the garden paradise.

Location: 9817 55th Avenue South (55th & Renton Avenue), Renton (map)

Hours: Daily, 6 am – 10 pm.  Public tours are available the fourth Saturday of the month, April – October, at 10 am.

Admission: FREE

Metro Transit:  Route 106 from Seattle and Renton will take you to Kubota Garden.

Photo credit:  Seattle Municipal Archives

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