Portland Japanese Garden, Portland

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Acclaimed as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, Portland Japanese Garden occupies nearly 2.5 hectares (6 acres) of the city's main public park. Designed in the 1960s by Takuma Tono, one of the most important Japanese landscape architects of his time, the garden features a mix of Western and Eastern elements. The strolling pond garden is the largest of five distinct areas, notably containing a century-old pagoda lantern, a gift from Portland's sister city of Sapporo. This sub-garden also contains several ornamental bridges crossing the bubbling creeks between ponds. To learn about the traditional tea ceremony, visit the garden's teahouse, constructed in Japan and assembled onsite in 1968. Plan to visit Portland Japanese Garden and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Portland attractions using our Portland online trip builder .
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  • Trees are magnificient,I've never been to a japanese garden before and Iwas truely impressed! Perfect place to rest your mind and soul. It has lovely gift shop  more »
  • The Portland Japanese garden is just so pretty right when u walk in! There is so much too look at the adventure never ends!  more »
  • I nice garden spot to relax and take in the trees. This place was cold and damp the month I went. I think they need to cut down some old growth to let in more light. But it is still a nice place to ca...  more »
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  • Beautiful place to go any time of the year. I recommend going during spring to see the cherry blossoms and during fall to see the foliage. But the garden is still a wonderful place to visit during winter and summer as well. The garden is located above a hill with a short trail that leads you from the ticket booth to the actual garden. There is also a shuttle bus that takes you up the hill if necessary. The only downside is that the garden can get quite crowded at times, which can interrupt the relaxing, calm atmosphere. Might be better to go early in the morning or on weekdays to beat the crowds.
  • This garden is such an exquisite piece of sanctuary set aside from the city. In the hills, it overlooks the city with amazing views. The park is very expansive and one could spend a couple of hours walking through the many trails on the property. There are a lot of paths that require steps and may not be the most accessible to some.
  • I know what you're thinking: "I have to pay to get in? Maybe I'll just go to the free rose gardens across the street". Well... Do that too, but don't miss out on these phenomenal gardens. This is a sacred place. A perfect place. Everything is insanely well taken care of with Zen in mind, and they're even expanding to make it even better. No one talks; You're not supposed to. But once you step in, you realize you wouldn't want to anyway. Theres too much beauty to soak in. And my favorite tree in the whole world is there (a Japanese maple at far north pond). So, just go. It'll change you.
  • This is such a beautiful and relaxing place. Tour guide is not needed if you are going to relax. Their is a tea shop at the top and served some really great green tea. I would have like to be able to mix and match the snack with the tea.
  • Went in early January and expected it to be the off season. Positive was that there were very few other people there, negative was there wasn't much to see except the rocks and water at this time of year. Koi pond still had a good number of beautiful fish though! Admission should be less during the winter months.

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