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Seattle Japanese Garden Reopens to the Public

July 17, 2020 – The Seattle Japanese Garden has reopened to the public, just in time to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. We have made some changes for the health and safety of our community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please visit our website,, to help you plan your trip to the garden.

For the safety of garden visitors and staff, we have implemented a temporary timed ticketing system. Tickets must be purchased online ahead of your visit to the garden. Tickets can be reserved no more than a week in advance, with new slots added daily. At the moment, the Garden is not able to accommodate walk-ups.

Paths in the garden are now one-way, with limited access to some garden areas. The Tateuchi Community Room, the Shoseian Teahouse, and the azumaya are closed, as well as some of the bridges and platforms in the central area of the garden. A full map of garden paths and closures is available on our website.

Informed by Governor Insleeā€™s mandate, Seattle Japanese Garden requires all guests over 5 years old to wear face masks while visiting the garden. Masks are also recommended for children ages 2-4.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is managed in partnership by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Arboretum Foundation. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the ribbon cutting for the garden, which opened to the public in June 1960.

We look forward to welcoming you back into the garden!