Quote of the Month:

“It was November--the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds,

deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines." - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Kobe Terrace Park

Parent Category: Seattle
Created: 06 August 2015

Address: 650 Main St, Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: (206) 684-4075

Hours: 6 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Acreage: 1

Park Features:
  • Paths
  • Paths (ADA compliant)
  • A great view of SoDo/Beacon Hill from on top of the hill
  • 200-year-old Yukimidoro stone lantern

Pictures below will take you on a virtual tour around the park. Enjoy the views!

Description:

This amazing terraced hillside park is located in the International District (its northeast edge) part of Seattle, just West of I-5.

Kobe Terrace Park is a wonderful place to relax or just to stay alone with yourself and think, as lack of crowds can be named one of its main features, so no one will distract you.

It’s not a picnic park but more of a strolling park with walking paths lined with benches, where you can sit enjoying the hillside view. If you walk through the park on a sunny clear day, you may see the Mount Rainier from the highest point of the hill.

The main decoration of the Kobe Terrace Park is pines and Mt. Fuji cherry trees. That’s why the best time to visit the Park, to our opinion, is early spring, when you can find the cherry trees in blossom and enjoy the spectacular picture of petals falling down to the ground like snowflakes. It is an unforgettable sight which will leave no one indifferent!

At this time of the year the park seems to bid farewell to the everlasting grey and cold winter and welcomes with its blossom the long awaited arrival of spring.

The main attraction of the park is the 200-year-old Yukimidoro stone lantern, which weighs four hundred tones.

The park was named after a Japanese city Kobe, which is Seattle’s sister city. The lantern and the cherry trees were the gifts to Seattle in 1976 from the people of Kobe. The lantern’s plaque says: "May the lantern shed light between the peoples of Kobe and Seattle forever."

If you enter the park through the front gate (which is near the Panama Hotel), you’ll see one more amazing and unique feature of the Kobe Terrace Park and that is the bench area that is descending the hill in waves.

Adjacent to the park is the Danny Woo Community Garden. It’s a terraced garden consisting out of 88 plots which are taken care of by 65 Asian gardeners, growing there all kinds of different traditionally Japanese vegetables and greengrocery.

It was created to unite the residents of Seattle Chinatown/International District through gardening and different community events. And in 2009 the Danny Woo Children’s Garden opened its doors for students from various educational institutions. Now kids have a great opportunity to learn how to grow, harvest and cook healthy foods.

Getting there:

If you are coming from the north: Take I-5 to exit 164A (James Street). Then follow 6th Avenue straight ahead, across Yesler to South Washington Street. You can park on the street or in parking lots on Washington or Main.

If you are coming from downtown, drive south on Fifth Ave, to S. Jackson Street.

If you are coming from: Take I-5 to Safeco Field exit (Exit#164B). Turn left onto 5th Avenue and go to Jackson Street. Turn right onto Jackson; turn left onto either 7th Avenue or Maynard. You can park along the street or in a parking lot.

Map:

In order to get directions click on the link below

Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Juliana Voitsikhovska

Information: Svetlana Baranova

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