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Portland Japanese Garden

611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
+1 503-223-1321
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Ranked #6 of 308 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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San Francisco, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
33 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Beautiful gardens (I've been to Kyoto)---nicely designed, well-kept, green, surprises.... The Rose Garden and Chinese Garden are nice---but the Japanese Garden's size and variety hold one's interest. The more manicured gardens contrast interestingly with naturalistic gardents---all intertwined by paths and trails. A free shuttle van connects to the parking lot. HINT: In Washington Park, the trail trek from the World... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Several styles of Japanese gardens are beautifully sited on a height with wonderful views out over Portland. Truly charming and restful. Easily visited in 60 to 90 minutes. No food service and those with mobility issues will be limited to a rather small portion of the gardens.

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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Japanese Garden is one of the best places in Portland to enjoy beautiful city views, nature at its cultural best and a relaxing place to wander. Every season is worthwhile though spring and fall put on the best shows. It is located near the International Rose Test Garden and the Zoo so it can be combined with a few... More

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Boise, Idaho
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I have traveled to Japan and this is an excellent and relaxing Japanese garden by comparison. However, if you are not interested in gardens or Japanese culture, you may not enjoy your visit. For me, this place was very relaxing. If you need to find a place to relax and decompress, I highly recommend visiting here.

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Tampa, FL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

great gift shop (both of them), would love to have seen it in the fall. they didn't have tea, not sure if it's seasonal or only during certain times, but was looking forward to tea. similar, but maybe not as good as one in san fran. still enjoyable.

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Houston, TX
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My daughter & I were exploring Washington Park so decided to pay the fee & check out the Japanese Garden. I was surprised how quickly we made it thru all 10 stops but it is truly lovely & serene. The gift shop is a bit pricey as is the admission but it is worth seeing once.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We took the shuttle ride up to the entrance. The gardens are spectacular. Take the self guided tour and plan on spending at least an hour. A definite highlight of our trip.

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Pleasant Hill, California, Usa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We did the 2:30 guided tour($9.50 ea for adults)which was very informational & lasted about two hours. The grounds are meticulously maintained & offer some nice perspectives of the downtown Portland area. Koi pond was my favorite.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The garden is extrememly beautiful. Very peaceful and tranquil setting. Close to Rose Gardens. Are is easily reached by MAX line and bus services. ALso close to Portland Zoo if you are travelling with small children.

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Sharon, Connecticut
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We almost didn't go in because we had just visited the rose garden next door which was free. I'm so glad we paid the entrance fee - it was well worth it! We enjoyed walking around the garden on our own, but when we joined a free tour the gardens came alive for us! Understanding the background story helped us... More

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