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Portland Japanese Garden, Portland

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 3,800+ reviews on the web
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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  • great place to go year round, peaceful with a great view of the city of course in summer you get the beauty of the flowers but fall has its own unique charm 
  • Lovely garden. Very peaceful. Lots of "ups and downs" so might be difficult for wheel chairs. Lots of different and unique vistas. Very nice experience....only real bummer was all the outside construc...  read more »
  • This place is serene, peaceful, calming, and stunningly beautiful. Currently under construction but go anyway, and definitely go when they reopen April 2017. 
  • Many people will say the rose garden is the highlight of Washington Park. I'd have to disagree. The Japanese Garden was absolutely remarkable. Definitely a must-see if you're in the rose garden area. The scenery is beyond stunning, and the meticulous design and maintenance of the garden are very apparent (don't be dissuaded by the heavy construction work near the entrance downhill). Better views of the city than the rose garden. The admission is fairly cheap, especially for students.
  • Enjoyed our visit, very tranquil. Not much to see but it is a nice walk. As for being a garden, that tends more to the theme of rocks/streams/ponds/stone as opposed to flowers or plants. Not sure if it is worth a second visit. Still lots of construction going on at present.
  • One of my favorite places to take new visitors to Portland. There's nothing like the peace and tranquility of the Portland Japanese Garden. It can get crowded however so avoid peak weekend times or you will lose some of that tranquility. :)
  • 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.
  • This is a lovely place to spend an afternoon or morning strolling in the calm. Everything is meticulously pruned and depending on the season you will see different colors and flowers. I enjoyed going with a group of friends to take pictures. There is a fee and it's up a hill. You can ride a little bus up and down or walk to get to the top of the hill. Also, I believe you have to pay for parking now too.
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