Japanese Garden of the Seattle Arboretum

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle on Lake Washington Boulevard East, close to the Arboretum.

Built in 1959, it was the earliest postwar public construction of a Japanese-style garden on the West Coast.

A lot of Japanese cultural events take place here, check the website.

Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E


Ayako Fabulous Jam

This is not ordinary jam. It is so wonderfully put together and with such fabulous fruits that it is a pure delight.

Ayako Jams is a Seattle based company that makes the jams with fruits (mostly different varieties of plums and apricots) exclusively picked in an organic certified Japanese farm near Yakima, WA.

You can find these lovely jars around Seattle: Molly Moon’s, London Plane, Marigold & Mint in Melrose Market or online. They are not cheap, but they can make nice gifts.

— AYAKO & Family Jams


London Plane

Marigold and Mint

Molly Moon’s Ice cream



Kubota Japanese Garden

Kubota Garden is a peaceful Japanese garden in south Seattle, a little bit in the middle of nowhere. Mr. Kubota, a Japanese immigrant, created this garden in 1927.

It is a free public garden and some areas are not well maintained but some parts such as the waterfalls and the bridge are really aesthetic and worth the visit.

Make sure to grab a map at the entrance!

Kubota Garden 9817 55th ave S