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Japanese Tea Gardens Seattle

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Japanese Tea Gardens
1075 Lake Washington Blvd E
Seattle
WA
98112
Tel: 206 684 4725

Where are we going today?

It's SO much fun to learn about all of the different cultures in the world, and often in a big city you get a chance to experience a different culture first hand - especially when you head to the Japanese Garden in Seattle!

This beautiful experience lets you explore 3.5 acres of formal garden, which was designed by world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida. So you know it's going to be something special!

The Japanese Garden is a great place to just spend some time strolling through the beautiful designs and colors. Kids can look at what makes these gardens so different to the ones they know! 

It's not just a place to admire the plants and flowers, but also a place where you can learn about another culture. They offer free public tours (with admission) on weekends, and one of the gardens very informative docents will take you round and fill you in on the history and culture. 

Why read in a classroom when you can visit and experience it first hand!

The Japanese Gardens also have fascinating events throughout the year. They have celebrations of Children's Day, as well as garden parties and Moon Viewing Festivals. Certainly worth grabbing the family and seeing how Japanese culture celebrates such occasions.

For those interested in photography or drawing, it's certainly a brilliant place to take your camera or sketch pad and challenge your skills a little more. 

A beautiful Japanese oasis in Seattle!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$6
  • Children$4 (Ages 6 to 17)
  • Free Under: 5 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am open. Close between 4pm and 7pm

Open March to November.

I'm Hungry!

It's best to grab something before you arrive, so your tummies won't be rumbling as you enjoy the serene gardens!.

Any Top Tips?

Guided yours are daily at 12:30pm, and also 2pm on weekends. These start in April. .

Doing our bit

Their mission is to enrich the lives of the community by offering this cultural and educational experience for everyone who visits!.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff about the accessibility of the gardens, however they do try and offer access for everyone.

Can I get one of those?

You can download tour brochures and trail maps from their website to enjoy for your time there.

More information

Check out the annual family passes, or for an individual, as they can be great value for money! Some events are an additional fee on top of admission..

What people are saying?

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    The Japanese Tea Garden is truly a treasure and wonderful in so many ways. It's actually more of a full treasure chest than simply a single treasure.

    It is of course aesthetically pleasing, and lovely to walk around as well as to sit and admire. Yet there's so much more! Find the little tea bush, locate the oldest tree in San Francisco, have tea and snacks where the fortune cookie was invented a century ago, find out about its connection to the Pan-Pacific Expo, learn about the Japanese family who lived there and what happened to them, and so...Read More

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    Small and serene if you can get there before the crowds do. The tea house is cute and has some good japanese tea and pastries to enjoy there, and the store has some cute japanese goods. Take a walk across the really cool bridge.

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    Beautiful and tranquil, the Japanese Tea Garden is a fun little spot in Golden Gate Park. I really enjoy the landscaping the park has to offer and it's fun to just sit and observe for a while. Afterwards, make sure to grab some tea at the cafe before you leave. The experience of drinking tea in this amazing garden should not be missed.

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    a wonderful place to take a relaxing walk with your wife. to bad its history is so sad.

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    Beautiful little spot to spot and enjoy life. Ordered the concentrated green tea and was overwhelmed (in a good way!) by the flavor. The little dessert were good too, not too sweet, although the consistency was a little odd.

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by Veg Nik

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The Japanese Tea Garden is truly a treasure and wonderful in so many ways. It's actually more of a full treasure chest than simply a single treasure.

It is of course aesthetically pleasing, and lovely to walk around as well as to sit and admire. Yet there's so much more! Find the little tea bush, locate the oldest tree in San Francisco, have tea and snacks where the fortune cookie was invented a century ago, find out about its connection to the Pan-Pacific Expo, learn about the Japanese family who lived there and what happened to them, and so on.

Treat yourself to a very worthwhile visit. Located in Golden Gate Park, it's right next to the de Young art museum, across from the Cal Academy science museum, and very near to the arboretum.botanical garden, and more (all of which are worth visiting in their own right)!

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