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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 262 Attractions in Portland
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Walking
Owner description: Considered the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Walking
Hours:
Mon 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

I'm planning to landscape my yard in a Japanese style so this garden gave me inspiration. I want to return when the azaleas are in bloom.

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Meredith, New Hampshire
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29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

There are so few words that describe this place accurately. Serene. Austere. Quiet. Lush. Special. Not at all the right words, but close. I'd never seen anything like it, and I've seen a lot of Japanese gardens. This one is rated so highly and recognized as the best Japanese garden outside of Japan by some sources. My only regret is... More 

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

A must for visitors. A short cab ride or even bus line to the Park and then walk to the garden. Pure tranquility with amazing views of the city.

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Petaluma, California
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to visit in the summer or even in the colder weather if it is not raining. Beautiful Japanese gardens, ponds, rock gardens, structures, bridges. It feels like a different world than Oregon.

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Eugene, Oregon
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41 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Our GPS led us on a round about tour but we finally found it and was it ever worth the wander. Parking was a real problem, we ended up about a mile away and hiked in. No complaints, well worth the walk.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

What a great tranquil place to visit. It's a great little park to walk around, I bring my camera for some great shots. The location offers great views and access to hiking trails.

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Chisinau, Moldova
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Portland is blessed with a great venue of delightful parks. This is one of those, nestled in hills in SW Portland not far from the Zoo and the Rose test gardens. We have visited at different seasons and always found it a lovely place to stroll, meditate and relax.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We found the gardens to be very pretty and tranquil but the $9.50 ticket price is a little much for what you get plus you also have to pay for parking. The garden is at the top of a hill overlooking the city and on a clear day I understand you can see the magnificent Mnt. Hood. One thing I... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Get here early. Parking will be a breeze and (I don’t remember details) but for about $5 or something you can park for the entire day. With a bunch of places within walking distance of this place, it may just be worth it. We got here at 10am. Admission was $9.50 a head! With only the one on Montreal, Quebec... More 

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Stone Mountain, Georgia, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A nice garden should have good 'bones' even if it isn't a nice time of year. You could see that in the Japanese Garden; it was lovely even if out of season. Very nice and great views.

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