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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  • We went on a very busy Saturday, waited for about 20 minutes to buy tickets but the wait was totally worth it. A shuttle bus is offered every 15 minutes for anyone who needs a ride up to the garden, l...  more »
  • Walking the garden was a beautiful exercise in mindfulness. Taking in the beauty and designs of each area was amazing. Reminded me on a smaller scale of the gardens we actually saw in Japan. The exhib...  more »
  • So amazing in the Fall, be sure to bring a camera. Next time we are going to take the tour. Loved the gift shop also, lots of unique items. The volunteers working at the garden are obviously passionat...  more »
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  • I had an amazing time at the Garden, even though they were completing some construction. I stumbled upon a tour and followed it from start to finish and it was interesting to hear about the history and design intentions of the garden. The garden was very clean and had very serene views. There was a charge for entry, but if you live close by consider a yearly membership. Attached are some images that really stood out to me. I strongly recommend you going with the tour group if it is your first time. They will show and teach you about the entire garden. The garden was designed by a Japanese person and has gifts from Japan like the lanterns as shown.
  • Very beautiful! Better to come during the less popular hours as it's much more peaceful when there are fewer people around. They have certain rules about what kinds of photography you can do, so be sure to check before coming. Come with the intent to enjoy the garden as it is. They've recently added a tea house and opened up several buildings where they will have exhibitions or cultural events on certain days.
  • We just happened to visit during the Star Festival. While it was crowded, everyone was respectful, and the activities were meaningful and fun for all ages. The shuttle was helpful, as we were mobility-challenged. Parking is tough, but we lucked out. Found beauty and cuteness in the gift shop. Lovely afternoon!
  • Beautiful place to visit on a hot day. Lots of shade with beautiful scenery. Small enough to keep your interest and not big enough to make you bored. This is a place I would take family and friends to see.
  • I loved visiting these gardens. So beautiful and serene. It was very calming. I had a wonderful time wandering through, taking photos. The only downside I saw is that rhe walk up the hill to get to the gardens might be difficult for elderly people.

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