Mukai, in the center of Vashon Island, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Home: Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the restored Mukai house offers a glimpse into the life of the Mukai family from 1926 to 1942. The house is charming, full of educational signage, available for parties and events, and is open to the public repeatedly throughout the year. Check the events page.
Peonies blooming in the North Garden
The Japanese Garden: Designed and installed during the 1930’s by Kuni Mukai, a Japanese immigrant, her “hill garden” features extensive rockwork, plantings and a surrounding pond. In the fall of 2018, the 90-year-old pond was restored. Landscaping in the North Garden, hill plantings and lawn restoration completed in June, 2019.
The Fruit Barreling Plant: After purchasing the 60 acres in 1926, the family immediately constructed the barreling plant — the facility used to process and pack their strawberry harvest as well as that of other berry farmers. With this entrepreneurial process, the family shipped berries all across the United States.
Restoration of the barreling plant is underway. With over 6000 sf, the building will include a public gathering space as well as tenants that compliment the original use of the site.
Paths and Trails: Mukai is adjacent to Island Center Forest with paths and Mukai Pond.
Visit Mukai: Come stroll, walk, picnic, tour, attend an event or party. Learn about Vashon’s Japanese American and agricultural heritage at this important island treasure.