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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  • I took the tour as well from the Japanese woman-she was cute. The gardens are very peaceful. It reminds me of Americans' need to slow down. We're always in a rush. Just the thought of a tea ceremony a...  more »
  • As a last minute idea my mother, my daughter, and I decided to check out the garden. It was a gorgeous Sunday morning and the garden was just as gorgeous. A lot of walking, so very worth every step.  more »
  • You will need to walk up a the hill to visit this little Japanese village. Tranquil, serine, peaceful and beautiful. Nice little cafe to have tea and enjoy the real tea experience. Parking is hard to ...  more »
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  • The garden is beautiful. It's a lovely walk. Very quiet. The cherry trees were in bloom so it a nice too see. Be aware that there are hills and steps to climb. There is a lot to see. You can easily spend a few hours here
  • Friends and I went Mid-Oct 2017. It was perfect. Definitely beyond beautiful and the views, even on a cloudy day, are pretty cool. There is a lot of walking and exploring, so be prepared for that. But make the time to just sit and enjoy to scenery. It was definitely one of the highlights of my Portland trip.
  • What a stunning garden. They've revamped most of it and it is gorgeous. We took about 2 hours in there, walking all over the place. It is extremely peaceful and the chi is so nicely preserved. We recommend the tea shop. This was something we were not aware of before we got there and when we decided to go, it was too late as they were closing. But you must go to the tea tasting room and try the experience as it is phenomenal.
  • Be prepared to shell out $15 per person but it’s definitely a beautiful place to visit and a must see for visitors or residents alike. PS - Make sure you pay for at least 2+ hours of parking! I only paid for 1 hour, stayed for about 1hr 20minutes and was promptly cited with a $44 parking citation...
  • We went in February and took a twelve o clock tour with a volunteer. The volunteer was very knowledgeable and showed us the entire garden and its history about the landscaper and the zoo history. He also showed us what it would look like if we came at various other times of the year which was amazing and he showed us the symbolism of different places in the garden. We have been to Japan before and this was very authentic. The tea house was also lovely, we had hot matcha tea.
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