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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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  • Here are some handy dandy tips for your visit to the Japanese Gardens: 1. Buy your tickets online in advance and you will avoid waiting in line. Even after you purchase your tickets in line, you are....  more »
  • This was a lovely place to visit. Quiet and relaxing. It would be beautiful in any season of the year  more »
  • A little warm to make the hike up and around the gardens, but lovely. Very authentic, clean and a nice day.  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful and tranquil Japanese garden. So many unique places to sit and soak in the beauty. Despite being busy, it was still quiet and there were places to pull aside and have a private moment. Very well maintained. Took about 2 hours to get through the garden. The tea house was also lovely but would recommend making a reservation or getting on the wait list before you start walking around.
  • It’s hard to find a place to begin to describe the full scope of greatness that the Gardens offers. It is a blend of incredible trees, bushes, paths, sculptures, water features, and serenity. You can come to traverse the grounds or simply sit and escape in meditation or thought. A must see....over and over. With its central location it’s very easy to get to. Wear some comfortable shoes since you the opportunity to take time and stroll around the grounds. All who wander are not lost.
  • immaculate grounds. well presented zen garden. awesome gigantic koi were impressive. many passages with soothing water ponds and stone works. tranquil and relaxing walk. 1 hr is ample
  • Incredibly well designed, managed and maintained Japanese garden. I have visited hundreds of gardens in Japan and the Portland Japanese Gardens rank up there with the very 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 the year or weather. (It is even a treat in the rain!). Allow a couple of hours to soak in the many aspects of this unique experience. The Gardens also host a number of events so if you are planning a visit, check the website to see what's on. Note; No food or pets allowed. Well worth a trip. Highly recommended.
  • I have traveled the world and there may be no place better than summertime in Portland. Portland should be on every tourist’s list of must see cities in the U.S. Top 5 things to love about Portland: 1. The food: If you are a foodie, you will find the best ethnic food — from high end to the street side food carts. Enjoy flavors from Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Israel, and Asia. And the most amazing Saturday Farmers market. 2. Nature: within city limits you have awesome hiking trails, the Willamette River, and the Pacific Ocean an hour away. 3. Parks: My favorite is the Japanese Garden. There are too many other great ones to list, including the park blocks and waterfront. 4. Coffee culture: great coffee. But, lets not forget great beer and Oregon wines for those who prefer other beverages than coffee. 5. Soccer, bikes, walkable, the arts, and friendliness: A Timbers game feels like being in Europe, Portland is bike friendly, the city is walkable, and the people are amazingly friendly and nice. Art walk and first Thursdays is a must.

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