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Portland Japanese Garden

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Address: 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Phone Number: +1 503-223-1321
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12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Mon 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Considered the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan, the...

Considered the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a haven of tranquil beauty in all seasons. This year, the Portland Japanese Garden is closed from September 8, 2015 – March 1, 2016 as part of our first-ever expansion project. In March 2016, the existing Garden will reopen just in time for cherry blossoms, while construction continues immediately outside the Garden’s gate until the project’s completion in Spring 2017.

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Serene and beautiful!

I have been several times. Great change of pace for out of town visitors. Beautiful gardens and water features. Must be able to walk on uneven ground to see it all. I always feel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been several times. Great change of pace for out of town visitors. Beautiful gardens and water features. Must be able to walk on uneven ground to see it all. I always feel better after walking around the grounds.

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Seaside, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having just visited the Japanese Gardens in Kaiserslautern, I had been told the Portland Gardens were among the best in the United States, and I found myself sorely disappointed. The gardens were nice enough, but not nearly at the level of the German ones. I went the day before they shut down to be re-developed. I'm optimistic that when they... More 

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Muncie, Indiana
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went with my visiting great aunt & uncle and boyfriend. Great aunt has spent significant amount of time in Japan and praised the traditional style and beauty of the garden. It's definitely worth seeing if you like the style, are interested in the culture, and there's an amazing view of the city below you and Mt. Hood. Weather was... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to many Japanese gardens in cities all over the North American Continent. Portland's is the most authentic according to many of my well traveled Japanese friends from University. I forget how much it costs to get in but it is extremely well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This garden is great any time of year. The carefully curated plants, sculptures, and water features create a visual feast for the eye and ear as you wander through the garden.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We began at the traditional gate at a lower level and for 20 mins wended our way passed carved stone markers showing names of supporters, through tall mature trees and arrived at another gate only to find a fee of $9.50 each was expected. Mention of this lower down would have been beneficial. We walked down disappointed.

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JapaneseGardenPDX, Guest Relations Manager at Portland Japanese Garden, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. As you may know, the Portland Japanese Garden is currently closed for the first phase of an ongoing construction project outside the Garden's gates. After we reopen in the spring—just in time for cherry blossoms!—the Admission Gate will be moved down to the bottom of the hill. More updates are available on our website. More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surrounded by Portland this place looks like it has been here for at least 300 years and it is a footprint of some lost civilization. Chic, sleek, calm and beautiful. It's a real pleasure to have cup of tea and visit every feature. Totally worth seeing, even if it's not on your way. It's a portal to a complete different... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its was so beautiful, I have walked past this place so many times and had NO idea of what it was until someone told me about it. Very pretty and interesting I would recommend this site.

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Portland, OR
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up in Portland. Been here many times - spring, summer and fall. Besides the stellar view of the city of Portland, just don't understand why this garden gets so much press/accolades. If you're familiar with Pacific NW scenery, nothing in this garden in my opinion will surprise or inspire you. If you must go, I'd say late spring... More 

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lake oswego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful and contemplative place that is lovingly tended to and will surprise and delight in any season. Fall is beautiful with the spectacular colors. Don't be put off by a rainy day as the rain works its special magic in the light and color of the landscape and is equally beautiful. Don't miss visiting the garden (altho it is... More 

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