There is a sound that gravel makes under your feet that brings you closer to nature, it is an unmistakable feeling. The gravel paths that wind through Kubota Garden pull you through a stunning 20 acre landscape in the Rainier Beach area of Seattle that blends Japanese garden concepts with native Northwest plants. You will find the park is filled with those who are searching for the richness of this diverse garden, photographers, and romantics; still it affords a surprising sense of solitude and provides true moments of reflection. This is a magical Seattle garden. This park was originally the estate of master landscaper Fujitaro Kubota. Kubota was a horticultural pioneer when he began merging Japanese design techniques with North American materials in his display garden in 1927. The garden is beautiful year round, but summer time is a particularly spectacular season to enjoy the rock gardens, waterfalls, and walking paths that snake through densely planted trees, shrubs, and flowers. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. Tours are available the last Saturday of the spring and summer months at 10 am. Group tours are available for groups of 8 or more and you can get details on the Kubota Garden website. Surprisingly admission is free. The address is 9817 55th Ave. S and you can get a map and driving directions if you click Kubota Garden map. Metro Transit is also a good transportation option and the park can be reached through Route 106 which connects to both downtown Seattle and Renton. Please call Metro’s 24 hour Rider Information at 206-553-3000 for the exact schedule or click Metro Trip Planner for more detailed bus information.