My partner, Brian, and I recently visited Seattle and were quite charmed by the Japanese gardens. Brian took the pictures. The Seattle Japanese Garden is amazing, though very prim, in my view. A small fee helps cover the costs of the attention to fine detail. The Yao Garden at the Bellevue Botanical Garden was more restful to me. It is sublime. Admission to Bellevue is free. The Kubota family has been very generous is their original contribution and subsequent contributions to the Seattle-area garden with the family name. What a wonderful collection of conifers. Admission is free.