Open daily from dawn to dusk
Visitor Center is open 9am to 4pm
Added to JGarden:
This naturalistic stroll garden was named after Bellevue’s sister city, Yao, Japan. The site was originally a water detention area, ingeniously transformed by the designer into a contemplative haven and ideal habitat for lush plantings like the Japanese primroses which line the banks of a gentle stream.
The traditional Japanese entry gate leads into a garden featuring skillfully set arrangements of Columbia River basalt intermingled with maples, azaleas, rhododendrons and viburnums. Japanese lanterns and an innovative rustic fence contribute to the flavor of this garden which mingles influences from East and West, and combines plant material from the Pacific Northwest with native material from Japan.
Bus routes 271 and 921 have a stop at SE 1st and 116th NE. From there the Garden is a half mile walk uphill. Blue and white city signs point the way to the Garden.
Bus routes 230 and 253 stop at NE 8th and 124th NE. From there the Garden is .7 mile away, level until the last block. Walk south on 124th NE. Keep walking as the road takes a 90 degree turn to the west becoming Main Street. >From that point the Garden is on the left in .2 mile. (Commuter buses 261 and 272 also stop at NE 8th and 124th NE, but check times.)
Suddenly wonderful --
that each tiny islet from my porthold
should have a name.