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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 during your Portland vacation using our convenient Portland family vacation planner.
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  • Visited in April when typically the foliage is not quite fully in bloom, but due to warmer weather saw a lot of gorgeous flowers and trees. The Docent we had was well versed in the Japanese history of...  more »
  • We visited during the fall foliage season, and it was amazing! At the entrance, we were warned that there were several staircases that were not accessible with strollers / wheelchairs, but we still de...  more »
  • Every year we come up to the celebration here for the new year. It is a well done, family event that we look forward to each year. This place has become a yearly family tradition. 
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  • Parking was easy to find (you pay based on how long you'd like to stay). There's a steep walkway up to the garden, but there's an optional shuttle that can take you to the top. The garden is well-maintained and very beautiful. The coy pond and the mini waterfall was the best section. I went on a Wednesday afternoon and it wasn't crowded. Take your time to explore the garden. I had a flight to catch and I was able to quickly visit all the exhibits in under 45 minutes.
  • Quite impressive! In quite a few of their gardens I'd hope to see a little bit more undergrowth and boulders situated around. The natural garden is a real highlight. I couldn't help but sit down and enjoy the serenity.
  • Very beautiful. Please be aware, however, that this is not an accessible attraction. I came here with a few family members and my grandfather was unable to view the majority of the gardens as there are numerous very steep wooden staircases. If stairs are a no-go, the entry price is probably not worth it. However, if you are able to do stairs without issue, this is a lovely place to roam around. The landscaping is fantastic and showcases several styles. The gardens have a mystical feel to them and it is enchanting.
  • Nestled into the West Hills of Portland, for less than $10 admission you get to enjoy a little piece of serenity. Throughout the gardens are small areas where you can just sit and relax. On rainy days the tree canopies above provide ample protection; while on sunny days you can enjoy wonderful views across the city and out to Mt Hood.
  • A great place for a peaceful family visit. You really feel like you've dropped into Japan right in the middle of Portland.