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Portland Japanese Garden

Address: 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Phone Number: +1 503-223-1321
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Ranked #7 of 263 Attractions in Portland
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Walking
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Owner description: Considered the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a haven of tranquil beauty in all seasons. Throughout the year, the Garden offers arts and culture exhibitions, festivals, educational programs, and horticultural workshops. A must-see when visiting the Pacific NW United States.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Do yourself a favour and make the trip up to the top of the hil and experience an amazing garden on so many levels.

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Ferndale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This is one of the finest gardens outside of Japan. It is rewarding to visit at any season and in any weather. Folks who complain that it is expensive or that you can walk through it in 15 minutes need to return in a more open frame of mind. The effort that goes into making this wonderful garden is astonishing.... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I live near the Morikami Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, FL. I expected with all the fanfare about the Portland Gardens that they would be huge but they are smaller than Morikami, for anyone familiar with that. The gardens are very peaceful and pretty to walk through. Great views of downtown on a clear day. I think it's an excellent... More

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Lewisville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This garden is absolutely worth a visit. I had the good fortune of visiting in the fall and colors were unbelievable. True to Japanese garden tradition, each turn in the path offers a different view, which somehow makes the garden feel larger than it actually is. I would make this a must-see in Portland.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

Save it, possibly the worst $9.50 I've ever spent!!! If this is suppose to be the best Japanese garden outside of Japan, well it does not say much about the others

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

We are so sorry you had a disappointing experience. The design elements in a Japanese Garden are more quiet and less showy than many traditional flower gardens. For that reason, it is not always the experience people expect from a park. We do hope you try other Japanese Gardens and have a more positive experience of serenity and tranquility. As... More

chicago, il
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I took the TriMet to the zoo than the bus dropped me off 2 blocks from the garden. A shuttle bus took people back and forth up the hill. once you go through the gate it's like you're on a totally different country. little paths take you over the bridges with little streams different types of plants and trees there... More

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Laredo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Beautiful cool Portland morning for a walk on the grounds. Paid for parking & entrance fee. Nice little slope up to the entrance or you can take a shuttle. Great autumn colors. Spent about an hour exploring then after took a short walk to the Rose Garden. Lovely experience. Traveled as a couple 29/30 yrs old.

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Lawrence, KS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The best site in Portland in my opinion. A trip to Portland isn't complete unless you visit this amazing place.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We loved it! A great place to see, very tranquil and serene. A thoroughly enjoyable trip. Highly recommended.

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

love this place. its just right there on the edge of the city but so peaceful and lovely. very well done and well maintained with various little areas to visit, sit, contemplate. beautiful in all seasons. reasonably priced, and with special admission/free days occasionally. it does take a bit of a hike to get up to the garden, though there... More

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