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Portland Japanese Garden

611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
+1 503-223-1321
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Ranked #7 of 309 Attractions in Portland
Type: Gardens
Activities: Walking
Traveler Description: The Portland Japanese Gardens    . When visiting the Gardens, you can park in the lot and walk up the path towards the Gardens, pausing now and then... more »
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Oregon
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We went on a Sunday in the late morning. There weren't many people there so the garden areas were peaceful. There was plenty of shade. The garden has several sitting areas that would be ideal for quiet reflection. I would like to go again when the Rhododendrons are blooming.

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I am a docent at the Garden, and of course am there quite often. Reliable sources say this is the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan. It is near the Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. The garden is actually 5 styles of Japanese gardens on 5.5 acres. The setting is lovely, and beautiful in all seasons.

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Jackson, Wyoming
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57 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I thought this place would be significantly bigger, but that was just my perception. Kind of wish they had someone walking around to keep people in line- keep them from being too loud, walking on the grass, throwing crap into the pools. Really neat place and the shuttle was a nice perk I didn't know about (and didn't use) or... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We very much enjoyed our walk through this garden. It's serene and pleasant. Take the time to enjoy it and take lots of videos and pictures. If you enjoy gardens then this would be one to add to your "places to visit" list.

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Severn, MD
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

My wife and I debated whether or not to see the Chinese Garden or the Japanese Garden, as both were $10. After some quick image searching, I decided on the Japanese and was not disappointed! The place is huge, with great scenery and photo opportunities throughout. A must see if you like the outdoorsy stuff in Portland. Also, the Rose... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We came here after touring the Rose Garden in Washington Park. It was a bit expensive and did not appear to be as well-maintained as expected. There were few employees about to answer questions or make recommendations. In contrast to the beautifully maintained rose garden adjoining these gardens, the difference in care was stark. The garden was peaceful however, and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Arrive early before the rest of the world stops by and makes it ever slightly less peaceful and enjoyable. A great place to relax but the crows can be a problem. Good idea to come either early or late to fully enjoy the experience.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I should start this by saying I love Japanese gardens. I love them of all types. But this is the best one I've visited outside of Japan. The entire garden is fairly small, occupying about 5 1/2 acres, but it contains versions of some of the most famous types of Japanese gardens, including a stroll garden and a raked gravel... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The Garden was very nice. Nature surrounds you 360 degrees. However, it is very hard to grasp/reach the "Zen point" (in other words appreciate the sculptures and shapes) without understanding them fully and/or being Japanese

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Washington, DC
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

They say it is the most authentic Japanese garden in the US and I believe it. Lovely strolling areas, lots of benches, shade and sun, raked sand gardens, pools, bridges. Free shuttle up the hill took us right to the gate and back at the end.

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