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Kubota Gardens

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.5128, -122.2657 Map & Directions
Length
2.0 miles of trails
Kubota Gardens entrance. Photo by austineats. Full-size image
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A beautiful destination along the Chief Sealth Trail, Kubota Garden is gorgeous oasis where Northwest native plants thrive in the style of Japanese garden, thanks to horticultural pioneer Fujitaro Kubota. Continue reading

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Hiking Kubota Gardens

A beautiful destination along the Chief Sealth Trail, Kubota Garden is gorgeous oasis where Northwest native plants are tended using a Japanese garden approach.

Started by master landscaper Fujitaro Kubota as he pioneered the use of native North American materals in his display garden in the early 20s, the garden was acquired by the City of Seattle from Kubota's estate in 1987. 

The area is a spectacular, dynamic landscape of hills and valleys with water features like streams and waterfalls, bridges over ponds and the occasionally rocky cropping where one can sit quietly and simply bask in the gardens' beauty. Flowers burst forth in the spring, and the design shines even in winter. 

Free tours are available, or you can enjoy the area at your own pace. 

Kubota Gardens

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5128, -122.2657 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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Getting There

Driving Directions

Kubota Gardens is in south Seattle, off 55th Avenue South. The address is 9817 - 55th Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118.

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Connect to other trails

Kubota Gardens is accessible from the Chief Sealth Trail

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

City of Seattle

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