If one were to speculate the least likely thing to appear at the corner of South 55th and Renton avenues, Japanese gardens ... More
If one were to speculate the least likely thing to appear at the corner of South 55th and Renton avenues, Japanese gardens may be one thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, these splendid acres of lush greenery, feeding ponds and footbridges painted bright red with gold accents provide a beautiful escape. Fujito Kubota, a master gardener and landscaper, gave the park to the city of Seattle in 1987. Admission is free.
The garden is beautiful but so what! Our car windows were busted out and our suitcases back packs stolen while we were in viewing the gardens! It was a rainy week day at 4:00, ours was the only car in the parking lot. We learned too late that park staff leave at 3:30. The sign in the parking lot warns that this is a high crime area. Heeding their advice we took purse billfold and moved other valuables to the back and pulled the deck cover over the rear hatch back compartment of our rental car. Sometime during our 45 minute visit, brazened thieves moved in to do their dirty work. I believe this act was committed by professionals who prey on tourists. This was the coordinated work of thieves with spotters knowing where we were and being assured that no one else was in the area. It is believable that they knew when we were beyond hearing distance allowing them to noisily crash through car windows
I am a formal Japanese garden fan, and love to tour the pruned and arranged perfection of the Portland Japanese Garden and the Seattle Japanese Garden in the arboretum. But when I want something just a little wilder -- expansive, wandering acres -- this is the site. Meditative, peaceful, gorgeous. A Northwest garden went to Japan and came home with a new attitude. Don't miss it, garden lovers, it's a gem.
There is nothing about this place to dislike! To me, it is The Garden of Kuboda Eden! It is the most beautiful gardens I have ever been in, no matter that one side is right next to the road! There is so much ground to cover and it is so very peaceful there. It is definitely a place of retreat, I absolutely love it! I am most happy that it keeps on expanding, I look forward to being able to go there again when I get back up to the Seattle area, and see all the new changes, yes, yes, yes!!! It is amazing that there is a place like "an Eden" right on the edge of a city and not too far from the interstate! Incredible! As Tigger (Winnie the Pooh character) would say it, "Absitively, Posolutely, Splendiferous!"
West Jordan, UT
This year has been a year of rapid enhancement at this peaceful place, created by Fujitaro Kubota and his family. The site of the 4th Annual Japanese Garden Symposium added a rock garden at the new entry along with the "ProParks" project and the new entry gate designed and built by Gerald Tsutakawa (bronze artist) along with the Kubota Garden Foundation are major additions to this already treasured place. Even if you've already been there...you need to see it now!!!