Japanese Garden

The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

At the southern edge of Washington Park Arboretum, this 3.5-acre formal garden has koi pools, waterfalls, a teahouse and manicured plantings. Granite for the garden’s sculptures was laboriously dragged in from the Cascades. There are often events, such as tea ceremony demonstrations and art exhibits – check the website for listings.

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Nearby The CD, Madrona & Madison Park attractions

1. Washington Park Arboretum

0.62 MILES

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2. Viretta Park

0.87 MILES

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3. Denny Blaine Park

0.89 MILES

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4. Water Tower Observation Deck

0.89 MILES

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5. Louisa Boren Lookout


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6. Seattle Asian Art Museum

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7. Mount Zion Baptist Church

0.96 MILES

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8. Volunteer Park


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