Located within the Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle’s Japanese Garden feels just like you have set foot in Japan. The formal garden was designed by world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960, and the city of Tokyo donated the teahouse which is in the middle of the garden.
A formal Japanese garden is best appreciated by visiting multiple times throughout the year when various plants are in bloom, so don’t visit here just once. If you want to learn more on your visit, there is an audio tour podcast that describes the garden. For a truly Zen-like experience, join in one of the tea ceremonies held in the Arbor of the Murmuring Pines Teahouse.