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Seattle has two very excellent Japanese Gardens: the Kubota Garden which is free of charge and located on the southern edge of the city, and the place that is called "Japanese Garden" in the Washington Park Arboretum.
In my own opinion, the Kubota Garden is the better of the two. It is slightly larger. However, it is also slightly more wild in nature. The Washington Park Japanese Garden is smaller, and costs $5 to enter. It is also flatter and has pathways adapted to handling large groups of people, and is highly cultivated.
However, as said above, both are absolutely wonderful, especially when the maple trees are in their autumn colors.
You will find that the Japanese Garden at Washington Park has a number of gravel trails leading around water features of all types. The ponds and bridges over them dominate the landscape of the garden.
Don't miss the slightly elevated spots in the park that allow a grand view of a large portion of the garden.
When the leaves are out, the traffic noise from the nearby busy Lake Washington Blvd. is a bit more muffled, but it is still a very busy road. Don't try to cross it except at traffic lights or at the pedestrian bridges that are part of connecting Washington Park to the rest of the area.
Address: 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle WA 98112
Directions: Just north of tennis courts at Lake Washington Blvd E & E Madison St. Nearest bus route is #11 on Madison.
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