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Portland Japanese Garden, Portland

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Portland Japanese Garden sits nestled in the hills of Portland, overlooking the city and providing a tranquil, urban oasis for locals and travelers alike. Designed in 1963, it encompasses eight separate garden styles and includes an authentic Japanese tea house, meandering streams, intimate walkways, and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. In 2017, the garden created the cultural village, a place where visitors can immerse themselves in traditional Japanese arts through seasonal activities, performances, and demonstrations. Finally, visitors can relax and refresh while at the umami cafe. Here, visitors can experience the pairing of Japanese tea with traditional gracious, attentive service, and delicious edible delights. Plan to visit Portland Japanese Garden and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Portland attractions using our Portland online trip builder.
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  • I had heard a lot about Japanese Gardens & was truly impressed with this one. I will definitely visit once again, whenever I visit Portland again. 
    I had heard a lot about Japanese Gardens & was truly impressed with this one. I will definitely visit once again, whenever I visit Portland again.  more »
  • Pros/Tips: This was a wonderful experience that I would definitely do again. It's relatively inexpensive and easy to get to. Pro-Tip: Order and pay for your tickets online to skip the huge lines. It....  more
    Pros/Tips: This was a wonderful experience that I would definitely do again. It's relatively inexpensive and easy to get to. Pro-Tip: Order and pay for your tickets online to skip the huge lines. It....  more »
  • Nice enough place with some beautiful specimens but much smaller than we expected. The whole tour was over in about two hours. If you want to go there by public transport, ignore their directions... 
    Nice enough place with some beautiful specimens but much smaller than we expected. The whole tour was over in about two hours. If you want to go there by public transport, ignore their directions...  more »
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  • Portland Japanese Garden at Kingston Avenue is a beautiful garden. It is situated in Washington Park, Portland . It is very attractive as has streams, walk paths, different types of stone structures amidst thick forest like garden. Tall and old trees have added beauty to this garden. The view of Mount Hood is breathtaking and fascinating. The Gift Shop houses Japanese Arts and Crafts. Overall a very good experience.
  • As a landscaping designer and builder in California I love gardens and I know a thing or two. Everywhere we go with my family we visit different kinds of gardens. I have not seen anything like this. The peace and happiness while enjoying a walk in this garden is hard to explain in words. I'm in awe. Every tourist who visits Portland, Oregon must see and enjoy this majestic garden. Arrive early for easy access to parking.
  • very nice garden with interesting places and trees. You could say we are in Japan. The area of ​​the park is not big, but it is dense. I think it will be interesting for everyone, both children and adults. there is a place where you can sit and enjoy the beauty of nature and walking path. It takes about 2-3 hours to see everything. Lots of beautiful places to take pictures. paid entrance. I love it here and go every year. I advise everyone who has not been to visit, you will be satisfied.
  • Not stroller friendly at all! No warning about this! We had to carry the stroller up 4 flights of stairs. Also, we couldn’t see half the things because of it not being stroller accessible. We would’ve taken our baby outside the stroller, but there were signs to not leave the stroller. Don’t go here unless you want to look at trees with very few Japanese decor and a few colorful fish. The free rose garden is better. Honestly, pretty small considering the price. We went through all we could in 40 minutes. We won’t be back next time we are in Portland.
  • I have been to Japan multiple times. This is a genuine Japanese style garden, working in a bit of Portland, Oregon feel (pines). I rode a bike, which was fine on the return trip, but was steep on the way there. For anyone interested in visiting the tea room, make your reservation ahead of time. They were booked all day. A bit pricey, but definitely a beautiful garden. I was there a couple of hours.

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