Portland Japanese Garden, Portland

4.4
#2 of 62 in Parks in Portland
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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  • Beautiful, tranquil garden with easy to walk paths. There is a little tea room where you can make a reservation when you arrive and come back after you have seen the garden.  more »
  • Parking is a bit of a challenge, then an uphill walk to a Japanese garden masterpiece. Some places not accessible with strollers. Lots of benches to sit and reflect. Take your time to soak it in.  more »
  • Full disclosure: we are members, both for the members only hours and because we like to visit through out the year. Beautiful grottoes and nice view of Mt Hood and the city. It's a well cared-for park...  more »
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  • Incredibly well designed, managed and maintained Japanese garden. I have visited literally hundreds of gardens in Japan and the Portland Japanese Gardens rank up there with the best. Admission is a bit pricey, but worth it (and the money is obviously well spent). The garden is arranged to highlight the changing seasons and is a great experience no matter what the time of year or weather. (It is gorgeous in the rain!). Allow a couple of hours to soak in the many aspects of this unique experience. Note; No food or pets allowed. Well worth a trip. Highly recommended.
  • Such a beautiful garden. I entered into a little piece of heaven ...explored the gardens for 2 and a half hours, breathtaking views from every angle. It was so peaceful & quiet. Many waterfalls and trickling water at every turn. The tree canopies were also beautiful. I was able to meditate and renew even with many people around, it was as if there was an invisible "no talking" sign posted.
  • Largest Japanese garden outside of Japan or so I'm told. Definitely can spend lots of time here observing the beauty of the five different Gardens throughout. make sure your phone and camera have plenty of space because just about everywhere you look is a photo opportunity. Gift shop has some nice unique items to get as a souvenir for friends family or yourself. In summer some of the various waterways are more scarce I wonder how it looks after fresh rain. if you're a fan of the outdoors in Japanese culture or just one or the other you will definitely enjoy this spot.
  • I'm happy to spend money on a valuable experience, and I'm even one to justify purchases I make and think I got more value than I really did. But I have to say, I don't think I can recall a time I felt more scammed out of $34 (for 2 people). Maybe I just don't get it, but the main attractions here are rocks with moss growing on them. I get enough of that where I'm from in Kentucky. There are so many places near this area with beautiful nature that cost $0, that I couldn't imagine ever recommending someone spend their time and money here. The only value I could see would be to take a peaceful meditative walk, which you could also do at many other places for $0. As far as the view of Portland and Mt Hood, it's not much better than the rose garden a few minutes away.. And you can only see a good glimpse My Hood on the clearest of the days. Half a star.
  • The Portland Japanese Garden is well thought out, pristine, and tranquil. Everything is so perfectly designed and maintained that it almost feels like you're in a fantasy world. We were so impressed that we got annual memberships, which we have used more than enough time for them to pay for themselves; as a side note, you can apply the price of the regular pass to an annual membership within a certain amount of time (a week I think), so you can check it out before making your decision about a membership. The memberships are not only worth it because they allow us to see the seasons change in the garden but also give us access to really nice members only hours and events. Even though it's not a huge place, there seem to always be things to discover.
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