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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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TripAdvisor
  • I love finding peaceful places in the midst of cities. The gardens are well laid out and have a wide variety of beautiful flowers and other plants.  more »
  • We enjoyed walking around the paths seeing the ponds, some with coy fish, the gardens and the setting in general. We were there when they had a bonsai exhibit with one tree over 400 years old. We woul...  more »
  • Join one of the free tours, I learned a lot. Very picturesque place, as expected. The demos were nice too.  more »
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  • 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.
  • I have never seen a park that said it was not allowed to take portrait photos, even we told them we were not for commercial. It's so disappointed especially we were looking for a parking lot for half hour and have paid parking fee for two hours. All those time and money were wasted. I love taking photos and I love Japanese style, I don't understand why it's different between normal photography and portrait photography. I hope you can post this on your website and clarify which photography are not allowed. I guess you may think that photography impact the others, I try to understand this. But sorry, I can't. You didn't allow me to take pictures of myself for I wear fancy dress and bring professional Nikon 810 camera? That's ridiculous. You have your rights to make any policy, but please post on your website to remind the people like me. Thank you!
  • Aside from the terribly difficult parking situation, the garden was entirely lack luster. The coolest thing about it was the high tech toilet. Everything was super basic, and the views of Portland were so so. Would not recommend, especially considering it costs $14 to get in. Your money is better spent on beer.
  • Expensive, crowded and therefore so many rules it makes it difficult to enjoy. No painting allowed and they're very strict regarding tripods and even where you sit or stand. Don't touch any soft surfaces, not even grass. This used to be an enjoyable, relaxing place, but it's a bit much to deal with now. Many more places with much less people that I'd rather be.
  • Scenery is nice, but I was a bit underwhelmed. You can easily finish this place in less than 30 minutes, and if you go on a sunny day you will be enjoying with too many other people. The gift shop was insanely small, only a few people fit at a time. There is a lot of construction going on so try to visit after spring of '17. It would be cool if the Japanese plants were labelled, and was hoping to see a bonsai collection, but for $10 you get what you pay for.