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in the UW Botanic Gardens at Washington Park Arboretum


Address: 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle WA 98112 directions
Contact the Japanese Garden: (206) 684-4725
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Winter in the Garden Photograph by Aurora Santiago


We are now open for 2015.

For information regarding events, programs and tea demonstrations download the Garden Brochure.

» 2015 Garden Brochure
» Japanese Garden 2015 Season Report
» Seattle Japanese Garden News
» Garden Party Sponsorship Form

Japanese Garden E-mail List

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HOURS - 2015 Season

March 1 – March 29    Tues – Sun 10 am – 5 pm
March 30 – Sept 20    Mon-Sun 10 am – 7 pm
Sept 21 – Sept 30      Mon – Sun 10 am – 5 pm
Oct 1 – October 31    Tues – Sun 10 am – 5 pm
Nov 1 – Nov 30          Tues – Sun 10 am – 4 pm
Dec 1 - Dec 31          Closed

NOTE: The Garden is closed on Mondays in March, October, & November.

* The garden closes at 3p.m. on July 24 and 4 p.m.on Aug 29 for event scheduling. Closing times are subject to weather and available light.

* Admission rates and Garden activities vary according with our events schedule.

See more at our Seattle Japanese Garden Flickr Group


Located within the Washington Park ArboretumThis link will take you off the City of Seattle Web,this is a 3 1/2 acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960.

» Japanese Garden Plant Booklet You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document.
» Arboretum Trail Map - Japanese You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document.
» Arboretum Trail Map - Spanish You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document.


Adults 18-64: $6
Youths 6–17, Senior Adults 65+, College students with ID, & Disabled: $4
Children 0-5: FREE
» membership, tour & school fees

Admission restrictions: In order to preserve the unique nature of this garden, and ensure access for all, we do not allow picnicking, weddings, tripods, or pets.

Public Tours: Beginning in April. Guided tours of the Japanese garden are available daily at 12:30pm, and also at 2p.m. on Sat. & Sun. Public tours are complimentary with admission.

Private and School Group Tours: Available upon request with advance notice and payment of guide reservation fee. Contact the ticket booth for details.

Seattle Japanese Garden Membership Program

Seattle Parks and Recreations Japanese Garden offers varied annual passes which allows members to enjoy the Garden on all open dates (except for special events).

The options are:

$30:     Family/Dual Membership
            A family membership entitles the cardholder to:

  • Two membership cards (One primary card with an individual’s name on it and a second card for an adult guest of the primary cardholder).
  • Admission for one adult per card, per visit, plus up to three kids younger than 18.
  • Two adults, per membership, per visit.

$20:     Individual Membership
            An individual membership entitles the cardholder to:

  • One membership card.
  • Admission for one adult per card, per visit.

$15      Student Membership
            A student membership entitles the cardholder to:

  • One membership card (You need to show a student ID from any college/university/ educational institution when you purchase this membership to get the student discount).
  • One student per card per visit.

$75:     Photographer Membership
            A photographer membership entitles the cardholder to:

  • One membership card.
  • One photographer per card per visit.

            Benefits of a Photographer Membership include:      

  • One year’s admission to the Garden and photo shoots (without tripods) during Garden operating hours.
  • Designated monthly photographer members-only access hours during eight months of the year (from March through November). The Garden will be open on these dates in 2015 for Members: every third Thursday each month from 8 to10 a.m. (March – October) and every first Saturday each month from 8 to 10 a.m. (April – November).
  • Full rights to sell your Seattle Japanese Garden photos.
  • Members will receive invitations to participate in additional sessions during peak Spring and Fall color, and will be advised of dates and times when scheduled. 
  • The opportunity to use the Garden’s meeting room (subject to fees, approvals, and availability)

Tateuchi Community Room Rentals

Tateuchi Community RoomThe Seattle Japanese Garden has a small meeting room available to rent on site with a maximum capacity of 49 people. The rental rates for 2015 are $35 per hour for the room, with a two hour minimum. A staffing fee of $25 per hour is also required. There is an additional application fee of $25 along with security deposits and other building monitor fees depending on the nature of the rental. Access to the garden is through the main gate during operational hours.  
Sorry we are unable to rent the garden grounds for private events.


The stone bridges, stepping stones, and rough terrain necessary to preserve the authenticity of the Japanese landscaping render some areas inaccessible to visitors with physical limitations. Pathways in the garden are surfaced with gravel which may result in some inconvenience for wheelchair and walker users. The garden does have some ADA access paths.


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Updated June 3, 2015

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